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Jonas Bluff Had Ashley In A Spin
Published : 27 Sep 2011 16:58:18
Argentina international Jonas Gutierrez said at the weekend "I love it at Newcastle, but who knows the future, if a big club came in for me I would consider it".
And that seems to have caused quite a stir at St James' Park.
So ... it seems those in high places have moved rather quickly to tie down the winger ... because Gutierrez has signed a new contract which will keep him at Newcastle until 2015.
The 28-year-old former Real Mallorca midfielder had two years of his existing deal still to run, but a new four-year agreement will secure his future on Tyneside.
Jonas Gutierrez: "I have said many times that I love playing for Newcastle. I love the city, the fans and the team, so I had no hesitation in signing a new contract.
"It has been a good start to the season and this is a great place to be.
"I am proud that the manager and the board see me as part of the long-term future of Newcastle. I have always given my best here and I will always do that."
Alan Pardew: "Jonas is an integral part of the future of Newcastle United and we are delighted to have signed a new contract with him.
"As a seasoned international player, he adds a different dimension to our play when he is on the field and is a huge asset to us.
"Jonas can turn a game in an instant, he has marvellous ball skills, a terrific work rate and in my time here, has hardly missed a game.
"That's the sort of consistency, fitness and performance-wise, that a manager looks for in a player."