£40m Eddie Howe’s’recommends’ a double deal for Newcastle United.
Eddie Howe has delivered a contract update for Newcastle United, revealing that three players are in talks to sign new contracts. Bruno Guimaraes is expected to sign a new contract with Newcastle in the coming days after verbally agreeing to stay until June 2028. While Magpies head coach Howe has been tight-lipped about when the transaction will be finalized, he is optimistic about a favorable outcome after talks have been ongoing since early 2023.
“I don’t know, it’s not something I am involved in day to day,” Howe admitted. “I am focused on so many days it is taken care of by other people. I am sure I will hear hopefully before you but maybe not!” The Newcastle boss added: “I think for any player the contract is important because you want stability. You want the player to enter training and games without thinking about their future, that’s any player not just Bruno, you want them just thinking about football.
“I’m taking everything off the pitch away from them. Personal issues they may have, contract issues, the football is the most important thing. If any player trains and plays to the best of their ability they are only going to receive good things off the back of that. So fingers crossed we can reach a conclusion.”
Guimaraes signed a four-and-a-half year deal until June 2026 when he joined Newcastle from Lyon in January 2022 for £40million
Newcastle are also aiming to extend the contracts of midfielders Sean Longstaff and Joelinton, whose current contracts expire in June 2025.
Longstaff agreed an extension in 2022, while Joelinton is still under the original six-year contract he signed when he joined the club for £40 million from Hoffenheim in 2019.
When asked if he would recommend new contracts for the midfielders, Howe said, “Definitely, we want to try and build up the squad, but that doesn’t mean we take the players we already have for granted.”
“We have to provide the right environment for them to want to stay, and hopefully we have.” Obviously, finances play a role as well. They are two important players for us.”