The Newcastle fans have been feeling optimistic in the Transfer Tavern of late due to their side’s morale-boosting 1-0 victory over Manchester United last weekend.
Rafa Benitez’s side took a huge step towards survival last weekend with their victory over Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, but there is still a long way to go for The Magpies to retain their Premier League status. There was further good news for Newcastle supporters this week as the club announced that Paul Dummett has signed a new contract with the club which will keep him on Tyneside until 2022.
Newcastle’s first-choice left-back has spent the majority of the season on the sideline with a troublesome hamstring injury, but he has stepped up his recovery of late by playing 90 minutes in The Magpies last 5 Premier League fixtures. Dummett has become something of a fan-favourite at the club due to his passion for the club and never say die attitude on the field of play, so his new contract has naturally been greeted with delight by the supporters.
However, the club are yet to reach an agreement with Benitez over his current contract which expires in June 2019, so extending the Spaniard’s current deal should now be the clubs main priority in the coming months. Of course, Benitez’s desire to stay at the club will largely depend upon the conclusion of negotiations between Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley and whether his side remain in the top-flight at the conclusion of the season.
If Newcastle do indeed manage to stay in the division this season, they must do everything they can to convince Benitez to stay at the club, as their future success largely depends on whether he remains at the helm. Benitez is undoubtedly one of the best managers in European football, so he will always command interest from rival clubs from across the continent. With that to consider, Newcastle’s future owner must offer him a lucrative contract extension with the club and promise to back him in the transfer market to ensure that the Spaniard snubs any forthcoming interest from rival clubs next summer.