Report: Kevin Mbabu receives new two-year contract offer at Newcastle after impressing Benitez

Newcastle United's Kevin Mbabu warms up before the game

Kevin Mbabu has reportedly received a new contract offer from Newcastle.

Newcastle United's Kevin Mbabu warms up before the gameNewcastle United's Kevin Mbabu warms up

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United defender Kevin Mbabu has been offered a new two-year contract to stay at St. James' Park.

Mbabu, 21, came up through the ranks with Servette in his native Switzerland before signing for Newcastle back in 2013 after a successful trial.

Newcastle's Kevin Mbabu and Chelsea's Pedro in actionNewcastle's Kevin Mbabu and Chelsea's Pedro in action

The defender, who can play anywhere across the back four, had been left out of the first-team setup for most of his career on Tyneside, and was even sent out on loan to Rangers for the second half of last season - but he didn't make one appearance for the Gers.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez applauds fans after the gameNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez applauds fans

That made Mbabu seem like a sub-par player, but after being thrown in at the deep end with a start against Chelsea back in September, Mbabu starred and showed that he can impress in the Premier League.

Injuries have curtailed Mbabu's impact, but he's still a highly-rated prospect - and with his contract set to expire, the Magpies are moving to keep hold of the defender.

Newcastle's Kevin Mbabu and Chelsea's Eden Hazard in actionNewcastle's Kevin Mbabu and Chelsea's Eden Hazard in action

The Chronicle report that Mbabu has impressed manager Rafael Benitez, and has now been offered a two-year contract to stay in the North East.

There's no word on whether Mbabu has accepted that offer, but with a chance of playing first-team football in the Championship next season, he would be wise to stay put and sign the contract.

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