Newcastle United midfielder Mo Diame has admitted that he might struggle to earn a contract extension, The Chronicle reports.
The former Wigan, West Ham and Hull midfielder’s contract is up at the end of the season and his future is unclear.
Diame needs to start two more games to trigger a one-year extension clause in his contract. But the 31-year-old is worried that his age will prevent him from earning a new deal.
With just three games left to play, the Senegal midfielder’s chances of starting two more matches are growing increasingly slim.
He told The Chronicle: “The situation is still the same: I need two more starts to get one extra year. But, I spoke with the club, and when we were talking about my contract, I asked for two years, and they don’t want that.
“Because we know what they want for this club; it’s difficult to get an extension when you are over 30 here. It’s not a problem for me; it’s football and part of the job. If I get the opportunity to stay, I will stay. And, if not, I will go somewhere else and enjoy my football.”
With doubt surrounding the future of Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden as well, this is a strange situation for Newcastle.
If Shelvey, Diame and Hayden all leave, Newcastle will need to sign three new central midfielders to replace them.
Think this just about confirms he’s away this summer.
Remember Enrique, Barton and Nolan speaking up on their contract situations?
— The Geordie Boot Boy #NUFC (@BootGeordie) April 22, 2019
If shelvey and Hayden leave I’d give Mo a 1 year deal but if either of the two stay I’d let Mo go
— Nathan Moat (@nathanmoat) April 22, 2019
As a squad player it makes sense for #NUFC to start Diame next x2 games to trigger extension. Shelvey + Hayden will leave. Longstaff, Diame, Ki & a new signing would provide depth next season. Having to replace two plus Diame is a big ask in one window. Saviet still to offload!
— Kevin Nichol (@Kevin_Nichol) April 22, 2019
— Kez (@kezthompsonnn) April 22, 2019
This is the model that doesnt work. The right football decision is to keep him as a squad player, but they are unlikely to. They dont know what they are doing. Seriously clueless
— Nufc42 (@nufc42) April 22, 2019
Give him another year at least hes been a big help to us when hes been needed
— Terry mccarthy (@terrymac90) April 22, 2019