Why Gareth McAuley woud be wise to sign a new West Brom contract

West Bromwich Albion's experienced defender should stay and see how far Tony Pulis can guide them next season.

According to a recent report from the Daily Mail, Leicester City are interested in signing West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley this summer on a free transfer.

The 35-year-old’s contract is about to come to an end and while the Baggies have offered him a new one, there is no news yet on where the centre-back will be playing his football next season.

But the simple fact is: McAuley would be wise to remain at The Hawthorns, where he has excelled under Tony Pulis in recent months.

He may be getting on a bit in footballing terms but McAuley is still vital for West Brom, as proved by the fact he was almost an ever-present from December onwards, finishing the campaign with another 31 appearances under his belt.

The lure of his former club Leicester may be there, but Pulis needs him and rates him and McAuley would be wise to put pen to paper on a new West Brom deal and see where his manager can lead them next season.

He will continue to start whenever he is fit and available and at his age that is vital as he looks to get every last minute out of a career fast-approaching its end.

Pulis turned West Brom around last season and McAuley played a vital role, so imagine what the pair could do starting in August.

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