Chronicle football reporter Ciaran Kelly has revealed Newcastle United defender Federico Fernandez showed a remarkable touch of appreciation towards the club staff by inviting them all to join in with his birthday celebrations last month.
Speaking in this week’s The Everything is Black and White podcast, Kelly commented:
“You can see what he does in the dressing room. Last month for his birthday, he chose to have a barbecue at the training ground, and it wasn’t just for the players, he made sure that everyone at the staff, regardless of whether it was the security guards, or the assistant coaches, he wanted them all involved. That probably sums him up as a man and then as a player.”
The centre-back arranged for a traditional barbecue to be held at Darsley Park to celebrate his 31st birthday and invited everyone at the club to tuck in.
Earlier this week it was announced Fernandez will be staying at St James’ Park until the end of next season. Since moving to Tyneside from Swansea City, the Argentinian has made 47 appearances for the Magpies, scoring 2 goals and providing 2 assists. He also earned 32 caps for the national team and scored 3 goals (Transfermarkt).
The 31-year-old has also played for Serie A side Napoli and La Liga team Getafe. Fernandez’s market value is estimated at £6.3m via Transfermarkt.
Indeed, he is seemingly a real fan favourite amongst the Toon Army and this latest revelation will likely delight a large portion of the fan base.
The veteran is not only a key player on the pitch, he is also an influential figure in the dressing room, and his travels overseas throughout his career has helped to settle young talents like Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin (per the Chronicle).
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