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REPORT: Callum Wilson to extend his contract with Newcastle United

The England international will ink a new two-year deal to remain on Tyneside at a higher salary

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According to David Ornstein from The Athletic, Callum Wilson will extend his deal with Newcastle United for two more years. Wilson arrived in Tyneside in the summer of 2020 when he inked a four-year contract that will now see him remain in Newcastle until the summer of 2026 if he gets to see his new deal run out.

More than about the duration of the deal, this new contract was all about making Wilson one of the higher earners among Newcastle players, per Ornstein’s report. Wilson was on a €51K per week deal with his current contract expiring on Jun. 30, 2024, but those two figures should now go higher in terms of his weekly salary and the expiration date of the contract.

Wilson, who declined Aston Villa’s offer to join the Magpies, did so by taking on a lesser deal in terms of salary prioritizing the project being built by the Tyneside club instead of a larger amount of money getting to his coffers. Newcastle is now paying him back by extending his contract for a few seasons—reportedly with options baked into them to make it last even more years—while also adding some dough to his current salary figure.

It makes sense for Wilson to become one of the highest-paid players in the club given his levels of play since arriving at St James’ Park a little over two years ago. Wilson has scored 23 goals and he’s also assisted five in just 48 games of play. That has Wilson averaging a scoring contribution—whether that is scoring or assisting—every 1.7 games.

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Wilson is still trying to get called up by England manager Gareth Southgate in advance of the Qatar World Cup to be held in November and December this winter, although he missed last week’s international break with an injury and he won’t have any more windows of opportunity to showcase his talents at the international level until the very own World Cup starts. All Wilson can do is putting on weekly shows with the lads upon Tyne if he wants to convince Southgate about meriting that call-up.

The competition will be stiff, though, as Wilson is now one of three main strikers in the team along with Chris Wood and Alexander Isak, both arriving in the last two transfer windows for vasts amounts of money, including a team transfer-record €68m paid to Real Sociedad for the services of the Swede forward.

Wilson won't have to deal with Garang Kuol this year as the youngster will join Newcastle in January only to go out once more on loan, but he can count on having to do so from next season on when the Aussie is expected to start his Magpie tenure in full by the summer and fall of 2023.