Jonjo Shelvey set for new Newcastle United contract

Jonjo Shelvey’s set to earn a new contract at Newcastle United.

The midfielder, signed in January 2016, has been away in Austria for the club’s two-game pre-season tour of the country, which culminated in a 1-0 loss to Mainz 05 today.

Shelvey has a year left on his present deal, but he will trigger another year if he plays three games.

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Asked if he would like to stay longer than the year he has left, Shelvey said: “I’ve got three games to get another year, and hopefully I should do that this season. I mean, I’d be a bit worried if I didn’t!

"At the end of the day you’re always playing for a new contract, and I’m not thick, I’m not getting younger. I’m 30 years of age – and I look about 40! You just want to be part of it. The only way for this club is up – and a lot of people would want to be in my shoes.

"Positivity’s great around the club. We went through a really bad spell. I’ve been six-and-a-half years now, we know what the craic is around the city – and what you can and can’t do.

"It’s a really good place to be at the minute, the city is buzzing. My missus and kids love it up here.”

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Newcastle United's Jonjo Shelvey.

On head coach Eddie Howe’s influence, Shelvey said: “He’s constantly on you, reviewing your game, showing you clips. He lives and breathes football – and has instilled that into everyone at the club.

"It’s football, football, football. He’s helped me massively defensively.”