Gutierrez lands new Newcastle deal
Argentina international Jonas Gutierrez has signed a new contract which will keep him at Newcastle until 2015.
The former Real Mallorca midfielder had two years of his existing deal still to run, but a new four-year agreement will secure his future on Tyneside after a summer of speculation that he could join the exodus of big-name players.
Gutierrez said: "I have said many times that I love playing for Newcastle. I love the city, the fans and the team, so I had no hesitation in signing a new contract."
The South American was tipped to join the likes of skipper Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton in leaving St James' during the summer amid reports of interest from both Italy and Spain. However, he has played his part in a fine start to the new campaign which sees the Magpies sitting in fourth place in the table and unbeaten in eight games in all competitions.
The 28-year-old said: "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."
His decision to commit himself to the club has come as a welcome boost to manager Alan Pardew, who had high hopes of persuading Nolan, Enrique and Barton to stay, but was ultimately thwarted.
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 when he is on the field and is a huge asset to us.
"Jonas can turn a game in an instant, he has marvellous ball skills, a terrific work rate and in my time here, has hardly missed a game. That's the sort of consistency, fitness and performance-wise, that a manager looks for in a player."