Newcastle United confirm first January transfer window deal
Loris Karius has extended his Newcastle United contract until the end of the season.
The goalkeeper joined the club as a free agent last September on a short-term contract after leaving Liverpool, and he’s yet to play a competitive game for the club. However, Karius has impressed Eddie Howe in training – and in last month’s friendly against Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia – and will stay until the summer.
The 29-year-old – who is behind Nick Pope and Martin Dubravka in the pecking order at Newcastle – spoke to the Gazette about his future while in Riyadh.
Karius said: “It’s been a great few months. Of course, I don’t play yet, but how I’ve been training, how I was welcomed by the whole group makes me believe I can achieve more things here. That’s my aim, to be here for a long project instead of a short one.”
Howe addressed Karius’ impact after watching him play 45 minutes in the club's 5-0 win over Al Hilal during the World Cup break.
“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.
"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.”
Meanwhile, Karl Darlow will be allowed to leave the club this month.
The 32-year-old has made 100 appearances for Newcastle since joining from Nottingham Forest in 2014.