By Noel Whelan

3rd Nov, 2022 | 2:21pm

Pundit suggests the real reason for Miguel Almiron contract twist after Newcastle United update

Noel Whelan has suggested contract talks between Miguel Almiron and Newcastle United may already be pencilled in for the World Cup break later this month.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Magpies boss Eddie Howe won’t want the 28-year-old “distracted or confused” by holding discussions during a busy schedule.

A report from The Telegraph last week (27 October) had suggested Almiron was set to be rewarded for his sparkling form with a new long-term contract.

However, as quoted by Newcastle World (28 October), Howe was quick to shut those claims down – claiming he didn’t “know where that story has come from” and insisting discussions will take place “at a later date”.

Almiron, who is currently out of contract at the end of the 2023-24 season, has netted seven goals in 13 Premier League outings this term.

The 47-cap Paraguay international will not be at the World Cup after the South American nation failed to qualify.

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Whelan insisted the winger looks like “the complete player” right now.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think it’ll be talked about during the World Cup.

“That’s the perfect window to discuss a contract extension, that six-week break we’re going to have.

“I don’t think Eddie Howe wants the distraction or the confusion of these talks happening alongside the season.

“Player and club have got to concentrate on these three games before the break.

“Right now there’s no doubt he deserves a new contract. He’s settled down, he looks like the complete player – and it’ll be hard not to offer him a new deal.”

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