April 13, 2024

Eddie Howe says guaranteeing Joelinton’s long-term future at Newcastle United is a “absolutely priority” for him.

Last month, the Magpies’ head coach acknowledged that Joelinton could be playing his final game for United. The Brazilian is racing against the clock to return to action this season after undergoing thigh surgery, and his contract expires next summer.

Negotiations for a new accord have begun, but the two parties are still a long way away. With Dan Ashworth leaving St James’ Park, CEO Darren Eales and co-owners Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi are faced with finding a solution.

And Howe is desperate for the 27-year-old to stay on Tyneside after signing from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim for a then-club record £40 million.

“That’s always been in my mind as an absolute priority to try and get him to stay at the club long-term,” added the manager. “I see that as hugely important.”

 

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When asked who will handle the discussions in Ashworth’s absence, Howe confirmed: “I think it’ll be a mixture of Darren Eales and probably Amanda and Mehrdad.”

Joelinton has 25 goals and 15 assists in 180 games for Newcastle. Last year, Joelinton made his Brazil debut.

“We miss Joe’s physical strength, duels skills, and ability to set plays for and against opponents. “I think we’re very fortunate to have a midfielder as big and competitive as he is,” Howe stated.

“When you lose those qualities, I believe you realize their absence. He’s a very unusual midfielder; there aren’t many like him, and we’ve missed out on what he has to offer.”

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