June 19, 2024

Newcastle United triggers provision to finalize 29-year-old agreement following Eddie Howe’s suggestion

Emil Krafth, a defender for Newcastle United, has extended his deal with the team through June 2025.

In his pre-game press conference last week, Eddie Howe alluded to the extension clause; the club has now formally acknowledged the agreement. The summer was when Krafth’s prior contract was supposed to expire.

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The 29-year-old suffered a devastating anterior cruciate ligament injury that has kept him sidelined for the most of the last two years. Krafth last started a Premier League game in May 2022, however he has since recovered to full fitness and has made nine appearances this season.

After joining Newcastle for £5 million in 2019, Krafth from Amiens made 73 appearances and scored one goal for the team. Both Krafth’s playing time and his long-term injury have been hampered by the additions of Trippier and Livramento. Krafth stated on the team website after receiving his extension, “I am thrilled to extend my time here and commit to Newcastle United for another year.” Since I joined the club, my journey has been filled with ups and downs, but I feel at home here and want to return the kindness and care that have been extended to me, especially during my injury recuperation.

The club is going through a tremendously exciting period, both on and off the field, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to be involved.

Newcastle now has four first-team players whose contracts expire this summer as a result of Krafth’s extension. The current contracts for Loris Karius, Mark Gillespie, Paul Dummett, and Matt Ritchie expire in June.

Eddie Howe has disputed the notion that Jamaal Lascelles’ contract was set to expire this summer, stating that the defender still has the option to stay at St. James’ Park longer.

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