Newcastle United will look to extend defender Fabian Schar’s contract ahead of the European Championships this summer, according to a report from The Northern Echo.
The Switzerland international is currently in his third campaign with the Magpies, and he has been a regular starter when fit and available.
His current contract with the club expires at the end of June, but there is a 12-month extension clause, which can be triggered by mutual agreement.
However, the Magpies are considering a long-term deal with the 29-year-old and want to finalize the deal before Euro 2020.
The Tyneside team fear that the Swiss center-back will generate a lot of interest if he produces a good performance at the European Championships.
Schar recently returned to the league after a lengthy knee injury, but was sent off before the final whistle for a late challenge against Gabriel Martinelli.
Despite this, he remains an influential figure at the heart of the Magpies’ defense, and was called up when he was available for selection.
Florian Lejeune (on loan) and Federico Fernandez have their contracts expiring in June and are not close to signing new deals.
While Lejeune is likely to be sold, Fernandez could also pursue a new challenge elsewhere.
Magpies owner Mike Ashley has been hesitant to enter into multi-year contracts for players over the age of 30 which could pave the way for Fernandez’s exit.
In such a case, the Magpies may want to sign Schar on a long-term contract, given that they don’t want to lose two of their main defenders this summer.
Schar, who earns £ 40,000 a week, has made 73 appearances for the Magpies so far.
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