‘Very keen’: Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe drops hint on new Bruno Guimaraes contract

Eddie Howe has been asked about a new deal for Newcastle United’s Bruno Guimaraes after the club qualified for the Champions League.

Eddie Howe has hinted at Newcastle United’s keenness to reward Bruno Guimaraes with a new long-term contract.

And Guimaraes this season has played a key role this season as the team has secured a top-four finish – and a place in the Champions League next season.

The 25-year-old is under contract until 2026, and a new, improved contract for him has been on the agenda at United for some time.

Asked if Guimaraes was set for a new deal, United’s head coach said: “I think, yeah, all players will be looked at individually.

“The club will be very keen to protect their assets, and be ahead of the curve in terms of contract length, and make sure we’re in a strong position. But also recognising players who have done well, and rewarding them for their performances.”

Guimaraes – who has scored five goals this season – reflected on his journey at Newcastle after the club guaranteed a place in the Champions League on Monday night.

“The first day I came here, I said I wanted Champions League, because this club is a giant, and the fans are just incredible,” said the Brazil international, who has been troubled by an ankle problem this season.

“It’s been a difficult season for me, too many injuries. Many things this year, the World Cup, becoming a father, so what an achievement for me, for my family, and I’m just happy to finish the season healthy.”

Newcastle end their campaign with a game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.