Newcastle forward Allan Saint-Maximin has signed a new deal to stay at St James’ Park until 2026.
The Frenchman was already under a long-term contract, having signed an initial six-year deal when he joined the Magpies in August 2019 following a £16m transfer from Nice.
The new deal will apparently bring him into line with the club’s biggest earners and will ward off any interest in the player.
Le10Sport claimed Mikel Arteta at Arsenal was tracking the progress of the French winger. The Gunners were thought to be lining up targets in case Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette left the club.
Meanwhile, The Sun reported in July that the attacker was frustrated over his reported £36,000 weekly wage.
Saint-Maximin impressed during his debut Premier League season, playing 30 times and scoring four goals.
The 23-year-old told the club’s official website: “I’ve played for a lot of clubs – Monaco, Nice, in Germany, but Newcastle, I feel like it’s my home.
“The supporters give me a lot of love, the coach too, and my partners on the pitch.
“Everybody gives me love and when you have this, I feel it’s my home and I hope this stays my home for a long time.
“Every club I’d been before, the fans loved me – but not like the Newcastle fans.
Saint-Maximin feeling the love
“That’s really important, because for me, you have the football and everything, but you have the human and they give me something different. So if I can give back to the supporters and to the club with a new deal, I’m really happy.”
Magpies manager Steve Bruce said: “We’re absolutely delighted that he’s committed his future here. We’re delighted to be keeping him – and he’s delighted to be staying.
“I’m sure the supporters will be delighted with the news. He’s had an introduction now to what life in the Premier League is like and with Allan, the world is at his feet.
“He can go as far as he wants to go, because he’s got the talent to do it.”