'I really want to stay': 31-cap international pledges his future to Newcastle; linked with move to Turkey
Emil Krafth has confirmed that he wants to stay at Newcastle United this summer.
The defender is currently at Euro 2020 with Sweden, who are preparing to face Ukraine in their last-16 tie. Krafth has come off the bench for all three of his country’s group games, amassing a total of 39 minutes.
After enduring a tough start to the 2020/2021 campaign, the 26-year-old started 11 of the last 15 Premier League games. It earned him a spot in Sweden’s squad for this summer’s European Championship.
He was linked with a move away from the club back in January. Galatasaray Istanbul Basaksehir were said to be keen on signing the defender, however, a move never materialised.
When talking about his situation at St James’ Park, Krath said: “I assume that I will stay. I have two years left on my contract. As it looks now, I will stay, 100 per cent. Then you know that things can happen overnight when it comes to football. But I thrive very well in the club and the city. I really want to stay.
TBR View: Krafth can be a crucial asset for Newcastle amid stay comments
Krafth can be a crucial asset to Newcastle amidst his comments about wanting to stay at the club.
The Geordies are blessed with some good depth in central defence.
But, despite having four options, 24 games was the most played by any centre-back last season. Federico Fernandez was the player in question. However, it just highlights how bad the issues surrounding fitness are up in the northeast outfit.
Despite being a right-back, the 31-cap Sweden international is a versatile figure. He can play anywhere across the defensive line, including both full-back positions.
His performances towards the end of last season make his comments about wanting to stay all the more enticing.
The Magpies lost just three of Krafth’s 11 appearances towards the end of the term. He also made the fifth-most clearances of any Newcastle player, proving solid in defence.
Steve Bruce can ill-afford to lose any defensive options this summer. It makes Krafth’s comments over his future all the more reassuring heading into the rest of the transfer window.