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There was more good news for Pardew yesterday when Argentina midfielder Jonas Gutierrez signed a new deal which will keep him at St James’ until 2015.
The former Real Mallorca man had two years of his existing contract still to run, but the four-year agreement has ended fears that he could join the exodus of big names.
Gutierrez, 28, said: “I love playing for Newcastle.
“I love the city, the fans and the team, so I had no hesitation in signing a new contract.”
He arrived on Tyneside in the summer of 2008 in what proved to be a problematical transfer with the Magpies believing they had snapped him up on a free after he had bought himself out of his contract.
The clubs settled after a long dispute and, although Gutierrez’s first season in England ended in relegation, he stayed to help them fight their way back into the top flight and was one of their key men last season.
Gutierrez added: “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.”
Gutierrez was tipped to leave amid reports of interest from Italy and Spain. But his decision to stay has come as a welcome boost to Pardew who was confident he could keep Nolan, Enrique and Barton but was ultimately disappointed.
Pardew said: “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 and is a huge asset to us.
“He can turn a game in an instant, he has marvellous ball skills, a terrific workrate and in my time here has hardly missed a game.
“That’s the sort of fitness, consistency and performance lecvels that a manager looks for in a player.”
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