Fabian Schar may be edging closer to the end of his contract, but it sounds like he’ll be staying at St James’ Park this summer.
The centre-back must sign a new deal if he’s to avoid leaving on a free transfer this summer and he’s confirmed that he’s keen to stick around – stating that Newcastle is his “priority” ahead of contract talks.
Schar has also made his feelings pretty clear about Steve Bruce, saying he was “very happy” to see the former NUFC boss leave last year – especially for a manager who clearly rates him.
Not only has his form and subsequent game time transformed under Howe, he’s revealed that the 44-year-old was in contact during his time at Bournemouth, suggesting Eddie is a long-term admirer of the ball playing defender.
Speaking to Swiss outlet SRF, here’s what he had to say when asked about his future at the club:
“Everyone at the club knows how comfortable I feel in this team and under this coach.
“I can well imagine staying at Newcastle beyond the summer.
“It wasn’t always like that; things weren’t always very happy for me under the old owner.
“The next few weeks will show how things will go for me.
“Newcastle are certainly my priority.”
Schar then had this to say when asked about Howe, his previous interest, Dan Burn and being part of this exciting project at St James’ Park:
“Eddie Howe gave me an incredibly good feeling from the first day he arrived.
“We were in contact previously, when he was still managing another club.
“I was personally very happy about the change of manager.
“My self-confidence has grown from being able to play all the time.
“I expected the club would sign another centre-back in January. But I knew this coach would give me good chances of game time if I continued to perform.
“That’s how it has turned out. I play alongside Dan Burn, and it’s working very well.
“The change of club owners went down very well with the fans, even though not much has changed for the players.
“But of course we feel the new momentum. The euphoria is something else, and it’s really interesting to be part of it.“