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Defoe extends Sunderland deal until 2019

Jermain Defoe has extended his Sunderland deal until 2019 Credit: Sunderland AFC

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has signed a contract extension with the club.

The 33-year-old, who scored 18 goals in all competitions for the Black Cats last season, has extended his deal by another year until 2019.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce said:

Jermain is one of the greatest goal-scorers in the history of the Premier League and is a player that every manager would want to have in their team.

He proved that beyond doubt last season by scoring 15 league goals, he is in fantastic physical condition and we are very pleased that we have been able to extend his stay with us.

– Sam Allardyce

Defoe, who joined the club from Toronto FC in 2014, was voted Player of the Year by Sunderland supporters.


Newcastle appoint Mikel Antia as new first team coach

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Newcastle United have appointed Mikel Antia to Rafa Benitez's coaching team. The 43-year-old Spaniard replaces Fabio Pecchia, who this week joined Serie B side Verona as the Italian side's new manager.

The 43-year-old Spaniard joins United from the Aspire Academy in Qatar where he has been part of the coaching team tasked with developing young Qatari players.

Mikel had spells as a player at the Real Madrid Academy where he played under Rafa Benítez for four seasons, before moving to Real Valladolid in La Liga, also with Benítez. Mikel later moved on to play for Celta Vigo and Real Sociedad.

The rest of Rafa Benitez's coaching staff, consisting of Francisco de Míguel Moreno, Antonio Gómez Pérez, Ian Cathro and Simon Smith, will remain at St. James' Park.

Rafa Benitez said:

I am delighted that Mikel is joining my staff. He is a very talented coach and I know he will add great expertise to my team.

At the same time I am sad to see Fabio depart as he has been an excellent professional from the first day until the last in the years we have worked together.

He leaves to face these new and exciting challenges, both personally and professionally. I wish him all the best and say thank you."

– Rafa Benitez


Benitez: what the papers say...

What the papers are saying about Rafa Benitez...

The Chronicle - Rafa Benitez's plan to transform the Magpies as he agrees to stay

The Northern Echo - Rafa: I can lead Newcastle straight back to the Premier League and I won't have to sell a single player

The Mirror - Benitez to retain relegated club's stars, win instant promotion and then chase trophies

The Sun - Rafa wants to fire the club back to the Premier League on his first attempt

The Telegraph - Benitez accepts Newcastle challenge and will have full control at St James' Park

Benitez drops in at Disabled Supporters Association party

Rafa Benitez first act after signing a new 3 year deal at Newcastle United was to drop in at the Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association end of season party.

The group said they were delighted he came by.

WATCH: Benitez's full press conference after signing a new 3 year deal at Newcastle United

Newcastle United are have confirmed that Rafa Benitez will remain as Newcastle United manager, after signing a new three-year contract.

The deal commits the Spaniard to Tyneside until at least the summer of 2019.

The club say Benitez will have day-to-day responsibility for all football-related matters at the club.

Watch the full press conference below:

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