Fabian Schar has only been on Tyneside since last July, but the Swiss centre-back has shared his connection with the Magpies fanbase after demanding that owner Mike Ashley takes action to resolve Rafa Benitez’s contract standoff.
As quoted by the Chronicle, Schar shared that he wants to see the Spanish manager remain at the St James’ Park helm beyond the summer, as he is keen to see how far the former Real Madrid and Liverpool boss can take the club.
It was Benitez who helped to bring the 47-cap international to the North East in 2018 when we triggered the £3.5million release clause in his contract at Deportivo de La Coruna.
Schar has since made 28 appearances in Black and White across all English domestic competitions, and brought his Magpies account to four goals when he scored our third against Fulham on Sunday with a header at Craven Cottage.
The 27-year-old also feels Benitez has helped to develop his game since his summer move, and does not want his progress to come to a sudden halt.
“Yeah, of course [I want Benitez to stay],” the 6 ft 1 defender said. “I want to see how we can improve now and show how good we are now.
“I think Rafa is doing a good job with these players. We have all gone in the same direction during the season.
“It is great to work with Rafa as his experience gives us so much, all the time.
“We will see what happens [with his contract, which is set to expire on June 30].”
Schar went on to note how his season turned around in November, after finding it difficult to establish his presence in the squad at first.
“Yeah, since November, it was a great season,” the £6.3million-rated defender added. “Before then, it was hard for me, as well. But, over the whole season, I can be really proud for me and for the whole team.
“And, again, I can say after each game the support is unbelievable, it’s amazing. Even when we play away, you have to enjoy [it] because we have so many fans. The support is brilliant and we wanted to give them something back [against Fulham] for what they do the whole season for us.”