Although it has been a slow start to the season for Newcastle, the Magpies have finally come across some good news.
It has been announced by the club that captain Jamaal Lascelles has signed a new six-year contract at St. James’ Park.
We are delighted to announce that captain Jamaal Lascelles has signed a new six-year contract.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 1, 2018
Lascelles extends his stay
Since arriving from Nottingham Forest in 2014, Lascelles has been one of the standout performers during Rafa Benitez’s tenure.
His rise at Newcastle was so impressive that he was made club captain at the age of 22 back in 2016.
Under his captaincy, they secured a top half finish last season and the defender also led the Magpies to the Championship title in his first year as captain.
He has made 112 appearances for United, scoring eight goals.
Despite previously being linked with a move to the likes of Everton and West Ham, Lascelles has pledged his allegiance to Newcastle until 2024.
Speaking to NUFC TV, the 24-year-old explained how happy he was to have finally signed a new long-term deal at St. James’.
“I’m over the moon – it’s great news to be tied down to Newcastle for a long time. It’s pretty much all I ever wanted: playing in the Premier League in front of amazing fans.
“I think now as players, we just need to give the fans what they deserve. We need to put in the performances and make it even more special.
“Since I’ve been here, everything’s been really positive and now I need to get my head down and get this team higher up the league.”
With his new deal finalized, Lascelles now must turn his attention back to matters on the pitch.
Sat 19th in the Premier League table, Newcastle are still looking for their first win of the season.
While the Magpies might already find themselves as the heart of a relegation battle, Benitez has expressed his excitement at his skipper extending his stay.
Also speaking to NUFC TV, the Newcastle boss has tipped his defender as “the future of the club”.
“I’m really pleased to see Jamaal sign a contract extension. He’s the future of the club and someone who really cares.
“The fans are looking for players who care about the team and the club, and he is one of these players.
“He’s still a young player, still a young captain and still a young centre-back, so we’re talking about a player who has a great future, because normally you consider the peak of a centre-back could be between 28 years old and 30 years old, so still he has plenty of room for improvement.
“He’s keen to learn and he’s working hard, trying to be a better player every day, so it is good news for the club.”
Next up for Lascelles and Newcastle, Benitez’s side face back to back home fixtures against Watford and Bournemouth.