'I will stay, 100%': International defender reaffirms his commitment to Newcastle United

Emil Krafth has reaffirmed his commitment to Newcastle United.

The defender has spoken about his club future while with Sweden, his country, at Euro 2020.

Krafth, signed from Amiens two years ago, was linked with a move away from the club last summer.

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The right-back had a tough first 18 months at Newcastle, but he found some form as a makeshift central defender late in the season in a back five. Krafth believes he is now “thriving” at the club – and on Tyneside.

Emil Krafth.Emil Krafth.
Emil Krafth.

“I assume that I will stay,” Krafth told Fotbollskanalen. “I have two years left on my contract. As it looks now, I will stay, 100%. You know that things can happen overnight when it comes to football, but I thrive very well in the club and the city. I really want to stay.”

Krafth feels that things have gone “better and better” for him at Newcastle.

“I feel like things have gone better and better,” said the 26-year-old. “We’ve changed the system, and it may not have fitted me like a glove.

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“I’m a right-back in a back four, but, at the beginning when I came to Newcastle, I played as a wing-back, with three at the back. I’m not the winger who challenges my opponent that way, but I drive more on overlaps.

“It did not fit me like a glove, even though I played a lot when I arrived. But, in the end, I played as one of three in a five-man defence, and it becomes more of a full-back role, it feels a bit more like my position.”

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