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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.

Dis­pute

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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