With his current contract set to expire at the end of the season, Federico Fernandez has this week opened up about his future at Newcastle United.
The centre-back was struggling to make Steve Bruce’s 18-man squad at the start of the season, but has taken his first-team chance with both hands of late, being arguably our most consistent performer over the past few months.
He’s been our outstanding defender and has also chipped in with two goals and two assists in our last 7 games, reminding us what a key member of our squad he is as he enters the final 6 months of his current deal.
Here’s what he’s had to say about his future during a chat with the Northern Echo:
“Would I like to stay longer? Yes, it’s a great club. But, of course we need to talk in January,”
“We will see what the club think about it.
“We will sit at the table and see what the options are.
“I haven’t spoken yet. I focus on playing, on the team, it’s December so we have time.
“I am focused, and when you play and play well, and the team plays well, everything is easier.
“We will see what is going on in the next two months.”
Mike Ashley’s tedious transfer blue print may disagree, but we’d be absolutely crazy not to hand the Argentine a new deal – especially when he seems keen to stick around.
He may be 30 – and will be 31 when his deal expires next summer – however he’s showing no signs of ageing, looking as good as he’s ever looked in England since returning to the side in our last seven.
We may have several capable centre-backs at the club, but letting arguably our best out and out defender leave for nothing would be absolutely criminal.
If the club can hand an out of sorts Fabricio Coloccini a one-year extension when he was about to turn 34, they can reward an in-form and significantly younger Federico Fernandez with a new deal!