Eddie Howe issues Newcastle United update on Loris Karius' future

Eddie Howe revealed his clear view on the future of Loris Karius – after the goalkeeper impressed on his debut.
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Karius, signed as a free agent in September after Karl Darlow suffered an injury, made a series of first-half saves in last night’s 5-0 win over Al Hilal in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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“I think he did really well,” said Howe. “We came under pressure in the first half. I thought he made some good saves. Since he’s been with us, he’s steadily improved. His distribution was very good, so a good night for him.”

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Karius’ contract is due to expire in January, but Howe wants to keep the 29-year-old – who hadn’t played since February last year, having been left out of Liverpool’s squad last season – at St James’s Park.

Asked about his future, United's head coach said: “We’ll wait and see. I would like him to stay, but obviously the two parties have got to agree, so fingers crossed.”

Howe says the experienced Karius has been a “calming influence” in the dressing room since he joined.

“I think he’s been a very calming influence,” said Howe. “He’s a goalkeeper with a lot of experience. He’s trained well. He’s a very good character.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Loris Karius starred on his debut.Newcastle United goalkeeper Loris Karius starred on his debut.
Newcastle United goalkeeper Loris Karius starred on his debut.
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"He’s very popular in the changing room, the lads have really taken to him. He’s a positive influence, and that’s why I’d like him to stay.”

Nick Pope, Newcastle's No.1 , is away at the World Cup with England, while Darlow missed the Al Hilal game through sickness.