The Newcastle United Blog | Newcastle enter contract talks with local midfielder – report
Recently, Eddie Howe revealed that contract talks were set to begin with Fabian Schar, who is out of contract this summer. The 30-year-old has confirmed he told a Swiss outlet that he expects his future to be settled in a few weeks.
Fabian can sign a pre-contract with a foreign club as he is only a few months away from the expiry of his contract. Schar has made it clear his priority is to stay at Tyneside, where he has become Howe’s favorite right-handed centre-back.
Schar isn’t the only one Magpie Howe is keen to keep on board. He mentioned his desire to have Sean Longstaff signed up for an extension. Like Schar, Sean is out of contract this summer but he hasn’t received as many games from the Swiss defender.
Nevertheless, The Times reports that Newcastle and Longstaff have now entered into contract negotiations. The 24-year-old is still under contract which he signed in December 2018 before his first-team breakthrough a month later.
It’s been a bumpy ride for Sean since that glorious eight-game streak under Rafa Benitez at the start of 2019. A knee injury brought an abrupt end to that season and he’s struggled for form and confidence ever since.
Sean hasn’t had a prolonged chance under the new boss yet. He has made just 8 appearances, including only 2 starts, since Howe’s appointment in early November.
He’s still young and Howe can potentially get the best out of him. With him being a local boy, having Sean extended for at least the next two seasons makes a lot of sense.