Newcastle United are preparing contract extension talks for four different Magpies player, according to The Chronicle.
The newspaper claims that Magpies goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is one of those in line for a new deal under the Steve Bruce regime at St James’ Park.
The £38,000-per-week star [Source: Spotrac] currently has a deal until 2022, but with interest in the Slovakian international, the club are keen to tie him down to fresh terms.
Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey are all also set to be offered extensions.
It’s good news that the club are ready to bring new deals to some of their top players, because you need to tie down your top talent if you’re going to be a successful team. Dubravka has been one of the team’s most consistent players since he arrived at the club, taking the number one shirt by storm and, by and large, producing flawless displays on a regular basis. With his current contract set to expire in 2022, this is probably earlier than the club would have normally wanted to negotiate fresh terms with him, but when there is interest from elsewhere you have to get the job done. As for Hayden, Shelvey and Ritchie, they all look set to be key players for Newcastle in the years to come. It will be interesting to see if Ritchie reverts to a midfield role this season, despite excelling at St James’ Park in a wing back role last time out.