The Argentine is out of contract at the end of the season, and is free to talk to clubs about a move away next month, but it is understood that he is keen to stay on Tyneside.
This is wonderful news for the Magpies. Fernandez was somewhat on the periphery last term after finding himself a little way down the pecking order, but this time around, he has proven himself to be a more than useful asset. So far this term he has averaged a massive 6.7 clearances per game, as per Whoscored, as well as 1.9 tackles. Perhaps more importantly though, the fact that he wants to stay speaks volumes about where the Toon Army are at right now. It actually feels like they are making steady progress under Steve Bruce, and the fact that they have people of Fernandez’s quality actively seeking new deals, rather than looking to bail out at the first opportunity shows that for the first time in a long time, the Magpies could genuinely be taking real positive steps forward.