'What's happening?': £3m player admits he was thinking about leaving Newcastle, but he's changed his mind now
Fabian Schar has signed a new contract at Newcastle United but has admitted he considered leaving the club.
£3 million man (BBC) Schar’s existing deal was due to expire at the end of the current campaign, but plenty has changed on Tyneside this season.
The Swiss international has suggested that without the takeover and Eddie Howe succeeding Steve Bruce, he would have departed when his contract ran out.
Speaking to NUTV, Schar has shared his enthusiasm for what is going on at the club and made it clear he is thrilled to be staying on.
Schar admitted he was thinking about leaving and said: “The situation was completely different. Not just for me but the whole team. You see the start of the season and I knew that my contract was finished this summer.
“I was thinking: ‘what’s happening now?’ because when I’m not playing I obviously had to maybe get a new chance somewhere else.
“It was a difficult situation for me, but like I said, since the last few months so maybe things have changed. New owners, new manager and the team is doing well.
“I’m just focusing on the good things now and the last few months have been so amazing for me personally and I’m so happy to continue.”
It was reported back in March that Howe wanted to hand Schar a new contract, which differed from the view Bruce had of the defender.
Garth Crooks recently said that Schar’s form has been so good under Howe that he could even make the Premier League Team of the Season.
Schar is a ball-playing central defender with great composure and international experience so his lack of games under Bruce were a puzzle, to this writer anyway.
Newcastle will still be looking for other defenders but Schar is a superb player to have in the squad as the club tries to go to the next level.
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