Steve Bruce has confirmed that the club will be entering discussions soon over a potential new deal for Federico Fernandez.
The 32-year-old was handed a one-year extension last summer, but is now entering the final few months of his contract as things stand.
After long spells out of the side – once through Covid and then via a calf injury – the Argentine has been an unsung hero in recent weeks, playing a part in back-to-back wins over Burnley and West Ham in his first starts since January.
Here’s what Bruce has had to say about the centre-back, confirming he’s another player set for contract talks:
“There’s going to be discussions,”
“To be fair we’ve all concentrated on one thing at the moment, getting results.
“Feddy was another one badly, badly infected with Covid.
“Then he got an awful calf strain, so you take Feddy, and how much he’s missed, the skipper (Jamaal Lascelles), Fab Schar, Callum (Wilson) … our big players, who you rely on.”
Fedrnandez is one of several players out of contract at the end of the season, however it seems he, Dwight Gayle, Jacob Murphy and Fabian Schar seem likely to stay – with the latter having a clause in his contract that allows us to extend his deal by another year.
The former Swansea skipper may turn 33 next year, but he’s ageing like a fine wine and has barely put a foot wrong since Rafa Benitez brought him to the club.
Fresh blood must be brought into the club this summer, however reliable pros like Fernandez are well worth keeping a hold of!