Newcastle United defender Fabian Schar is expected to be handed a contract extension with the Premier League side after returning from a knee injury.
According to the Northern Echo, Steve Bruce is keen to trigger an extension clause in Schar’s contract before this summer’s EUROs that will automatically extend his current deal with the club, with the 29-year-old believed to be viewed as a key senior player for the Newcastle manager.
Schar joined Newcastle from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer of 2018 when Rafa Benitez was manager of the club, and the Swiss defender has since developed into one of the club’s most consistent performers in recent years as well as a bargain signing, with BBC Sport reporting that the centre-back only cost the Toon £3m.
Although Schar was sent off this weekend against Arsenal in his first game back from a lengthy knee injury, it is unlikely this has changed Bruce’s attitude towards extending the defender’s contract with the club, with the Newcastle manager defending the former Hoffenheim star following his dismissal on the weekend via Sky Sports News.
TBR View: Newcastle will be wise to extend Schar contract with EUROs in mind
For £3m, Schar has been a bargain for Newcastle in the three years the former FC Basel defender has been with the northeast club, and the Magpies will be intelligent extending his deal ahead of this summer’s EUROs, which the 29-year-old defender will likely feature in for Switzerland.
Indeed, a good showing at the EUROs, as well as an increased contract length, could see Newcastle receive some strong interest in the centre-back this summer, and although Bruce and supporters might be eager for the defender to remain with the club, if a big enough offer was to come in for Schar, they might just be willing to allow the £3m signing to walk for a big profit.