Newcastle United Managing Director Lee Charnley is holding talks with the representatives of Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden and Fabian Schar, while Martin Dubravka is close to signing a new deal at St. James’ Park, according to the Chronicle.
Ritchie, Hayden and Schar are all out of contract in the summer of 2021 and the Magpies are keen to avoid losing the nucleolus of the first-team, while Dubravka is hopeful of extending his time in the North East on improved terms.
Only three players have featured in each available minute of Premier League action under Steve Bruce so far this season, with Hayden and Dubravka two of those – joined by Paul Dummett (WhoScored).
Schar may also have been a part of the small clutch of ever-present players had it not been for feeling dizzy in the home clash with Watford, while a calf issue forced the Swiss international off during the Toon’s trip to Liverpool at the weekend (The Shields Gazette).
The 27-year-old has made 34 appearances (TransferMarkt) for the Tyneside club across all competitions since his arrival from Deportivo de La Coruna for £3million in 2018 (BBC), while Hayden has represented Newcastle 101 times, Ritchie 129 and Dubravka has 55 fixtures to his name.
Dubravka, who moved to St. James’ Park from Sparta Prague, appears to be the closest of the quartet to putting pen to paper on a new contract, having shared hope in doing so recently.
“I’m happy here,” the 30-year-old shot-stopper said, via quotes by the Chronicle. “Since I came here, people have treated me really well. I can say that I feel at home here.
“I’m glad that people think that I can stay here for the longer-term. It’s such a big honour for me. Hopefully, we can keep our players in the squad, our leaders, and we can build on this.
“We’re in talks [over a new deal, and] I’m close. That’s what I can say. If I can stay longer here, I will be happy.”
Newcastle moving to secure Dubravka’s future beyond 2022 comes as relatively no surprise, given he has been first-choice at St. James’ Park since he made his debut at home to Manchester United in February 2018. Since then, he has only missed games in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, while keeping 16 clean sheets in the Premier League (TransferMarkt).
Linked with a move to PSG over the course of the summer (RMC via GFFN), tying him down to a new deal looks to be important, given his obvious importance.
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