Steve Bruce has all but confirmed that there is a clause in Fabian Schar’s contract allowing us to extend his deal by another year.
The Swiss international is technically just a few months away from being a free agent, however it has been reported that we’ll active our option to extend his stay.
The Chronicle claim that he’s received interest from AC Milan, Lazio and Bordeaux, with it not yet clear whether a new deal would simply secure us a transfer fee or see him return to Bruce’s long-term thinking.
The same report also claims that Federico Fernandez AND Paul Dummett are facing anxious waits on their future, with Bruce stating that the club have ‘big decisions’ to make on several soon-to-be out of contract players.
Here’s what he’s had to say on all of the above, starting with Schar:
“With Fab Schar, I think there’s a clause in his contract where we can extend it.
“I believe that’s the case.”
Bruce then had this to say when asked about possible new deals for Fernandez and Dummett:
“With all of those decisions, there’s obviously discussions to be had when the season is done and dusted.
“We’re not done and dusted yet, but of course there’s big, difficult decisions to make.
“In every football club, that’s part and parcel of it.
“Yes, we’ve got some big decisions to make.”
Dummett is a peculiar one, with the club stating that his ‘new’ contract “could run until 2022” when he last put pen to paper back in 2018.
As for Fernandez, the former Argentine international has been a solid servant, however Mike Ashley may be reluctant to hand yet another extension to a player set to turn 33 next season.
Others approaching the end of their current deals are Andy Carroll, Jacob Murphy and Dwight Gayle. The latter is believed to have agreed an extension, but no announcement has emerged on that since it was mentioned by Bruce almost a month ago now.