Jamaal Lascelles claims he always wanted to stay at Newcastle for the long-term after penning a new six-year deal at St James’ Park. The 24-year-old defender has made 112 appearances for the Magpies since joining from Nottingham Forest in 2014, scoring eight goals.
Lascelles became captain in the 2016-17 season, helping guide the club to the Championship title and immediate promotion back to the Premier League.
And, he held on to the armband again as Rafael Benitez’s men sealed a top-10 finish on their return to the top flight.
Despite a poor start to this current season, as United sit in 19th position and are without a win in 10 games, Lascelles insist that he never had any plans to depart the Tynesiders.
He told NUFC TV: “I’m over the moon – it’s great news to be tied down to Newcastle for a long time. It’s pretty much all I ever wanted: playing in the Premier League in front of amazing fans.
“I think now as players, we just need to give the fans what they deserve. We need to put in the performances and make it even more special. “Since I’ve been here, everything’s been really positive and now I need to get my head down and get this team higher up the league.”
Manager Benitez added: “I’m really pleased to see Jamaal sign a contract extension. He’s the future of the club and someone who really cares.
“The fans are looking for players who care about the team and the club, and he is one of these players.
“He’s still a young player, still a young captain and still a young centre-back, so we’re talking about a player who has a great future, because normally you consider the peak of a centre-back could be between 28 years old and 30 years old, so still he has plenty of room for improvement.
“He’s keen to learn and he’s working hard, trying to be a better player every day, so it is good news for the club.”