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Newcastle tipped to give Allan Saint-Maximin new contract if they go down – EXCLUSIVE

Newcastle could try and tie Allan Saint-Maximin down to a new contract if they’re relegated to the Championship, Jose Enrique believes. The French forward is Eddie Howe’s undisputed talisman over at St James’ Park. Yet one of their former players thinks the Toon are still capable if retaining the services of their best assets even if they fail to stay in the Premier League.

Newcastle signed Saint-Maximin back in the summer transfer window of 2019, with the forward arriving from Nice.

And though the club have struggled in the years since, he’s been a shining light throughout his three years on Tyneside so far.

Newcastle are, however, not guaranteed to be in the Premier League next season.

Saturday’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Watford leaves them sitting 19th in the table with 12 points, two points adrift of safety.

They can go above both the Hornets and Norwich City if they win their game in hand, though.

Yet they remain in a relegation dogfight and, having failed to win since their 1-0 victory over Burnley on December 4, face a fight to stay in the top flight.

Now, Enrique has expressed a belief that Saint-Maximin could be given a new contract if they drop down a division – though believes they have what it takes to stay in the Premier League.

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“I think they will to be honest with you,” he told Express Sport via when asked if they’re able to keep hold of their best players.

“Obviously they signed Trippier with a three-year contract.

“And that will be the deal.

“I really think they’re not going to go down, to be honest, if they keep on signing the players they want.

“If they do go down, they will probably have a clause saying they’re going to earn this money [the same money], I’m sure about that.

“It would be a problem if they didn’t get promoted.

“I do think they’re not going to go down. They’re approaching the right players, they’ve got the right manager in Eddie so I believe they’re going to stay.


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“But I believe if they do go down, I think they will give Saint-Maximin a new contract, help them get back up again.

“They’d compensate him money wise. If they have all the players, if the club pays you like when I did when I had offers in the Premier League and La Liga, they could stay.

“We got promoted right away and I stayed.

“And the players know, they know there’s a possibility of going down.”

Enrique has been impressed by Howe so far, believing he’s a better fit than Villarreal boss Unai Emery.

“I think he’s managed very very well,” Enrique said.

“Obviously the situation he came in, it was very bad. The situation that was on the table it was difficult.

“I think they have it easier now they can sign players, they are not too far away.

“But obviously I believe he was the right choice. They went for Emery, a manager who has won trophies so I understand.

“I like the way they went for Eddie, an English manager who knows the league a lot, he was a legend at Bournemouth because of what he did at the club.

“And I believe he’s the right manager for the players they [Newcastle] have at the moment because he’s a very good manager.

“And I like the way they’re approaching players as well, the type of players they’ve been going for as well.

“I’m very happy with the situation. I’m very happy for Eddie as well.”

Saint-Maximin, meanwhile, was visibly unhappy after Newcastle’s recent draw with Watford – saying it was the ‘same old story’ for his team.

“The most important thing at the moment is the club and the club never have to be in this position,” Saint-Maximin told the BBC.

“We can see the atmosphere in the stadium.

“We don’t need to be in this position and for the fans and for the history of the club, this cannot happen.

“I try to do my best to give the win to my team, but it’s always the same story and it’s not enough so I have to think about myself to maybe try to score more goals because, at the moment, even when I score one, it’s not enough so I’m so disappointed.”



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