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REPORT: Fabian Schär on the verge of contract extension with Newcastle United

The Swiss international’s current deal expires on Jun. 2022 but Newcastle seems determined to keep the center-back in Tyneside

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If anyone has benefited from Eddie Howe’s appointment last November, that surely has to be one Fabian Schär. The Switzerland international is in the middle of his fifth campaign with the Magpies and that stance is seemingly going to last at least one more year with Newcastle plotting a contract extension for the center-back.

The Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle is expected to present a formal contract extension offer to the 30-year-old experienced defender in the coming days or weeks.

Schär, who arrived in Newcastle four years ago in the summer of 2018 from Deportivo in Spain—he moved there instead of Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side in 2017—got to play 24, 22, and 18 matches in his first three years with the team, and he’s about to tie that record this weekend with a more than probable start against Liverpool come Saturday’s afternoon. That, it must be said, felt all but guaranteed throughout the first couple of months of this season with Steve Bruce still in the managerial role.

After appearing in two of the first three games starting at his usual CB position, facing Aston Villa and Southampton, Schär was sent packing to the bench and didn’t even make it to the pitch as a substitute from Aug. 28 to Howe’s first game in charge already into the second half of November. Howe started Schär at the center of Newcastle’s defense against Brentford back on Nov. 20 and the defender—nor the manager—has never looked back.

Schär has appeared in 22 of the last 24 games since then, actually starting all of them and even donning the captain armband against Everton a few weeks back in a defeat to the now near-relegated Toffees. Schär has logged 90 minutes of playing time in all games after the one against Brentford, accumulates the third-most minutes played among Magpies this season, and is one of only three players in the squad—along with Allan Saint-Maximin and Joelinton—to have logged 2,000+ minutes this season.

The most ridiculous thing about that last statistic: Schär has broken the 2,000-minute barrier on just 23 matches played compared to Joelinton’s and ASM’s 31 appearances. That’s absolutely bonkers and speaks of the trust Howe has in the 30-year-old veteran defender.

Howe made clear his feelings and opinions about Schär recently, claiming that “Fabian has been excellent. I have been an admirer of Fabian, from afar, for a long, long time.” He added more praising words about the center-back, stating that as he sees the Swiss “he is a fantastic footballer. He fits my mold of what I want in a center-back. He is very composed and he is also very creative. And he can defend.”

This comes as a big blow to the non-Magpie fans out there incessantly bitching about Newcastle’s turnaround as a mere result of Saudi Arabia’s PIF money-loaded boost after October’s takeover and the subsequent signings. Well, it looks like a long-tenured Toon is now leading the way toward a top-half finish and will soon get properly compensated with a fresh contract.

Maybe money isn’t everything, folks. Tough one to swallow for the haters' crowd.