Date: 4th March 2019 at 6:00pm
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A big few months are on the horizon for Newcastle United. Not only have the Magpies got to ensure their Premier League survival, but a few major personnel decisions are also going to be forthcoming.

Of course, much of the discourse is likely to be dominated by the future of Rafa Benitez, whose contract is up at the end of the season, but he’s not the only man that could be about to leave St. James’ Park on a free.

Indeed, Mo Diame’s contract also expires at the end of the season, and as per Sky Sports, he’s said that its up to Newcastle as to whether he stays.

He said: “They know I want to stay. But it’s not about me, it is about the club and what they want to do. I am focused on the job of staying up and there will be time in the summer to think about this.

He continued: “I am happy here, that’s what I can say. If I can stay I will stay, but if I have to go, I will go. It won’t be a problem.”

Clearly, the midfielder wants to stay at the club, but is that going to be possible? Well, if he doesn’t play much between now and the end of the season, and as a result misses the 3 Premier League starts he needs to automatically trigger an extension, then it’ll be entirely up to the club.
Mike Ashley has been eager to only keep younger players with a strong resale value at the club over the last few years, and Diame wouldn’t fall under that banner.
That said, he’s been important at St. James’ Park this season; and so it seems likely that the manager will want to keep him.
We should find out over the next couple of months, but Newcastle need to make a decision, that’s for sure.
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