Karius signed a short-term contract at Newcastle in September following an injury to Karl Darlow. The 29-year-old’s current contract expires in January, but the club hope to reach a new deal until at least the end of the 2022-23 campaign.
The German striker started in the 5-0 friendly win over Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening, making a number of impressive saves before being withdrawn at half-time. After the game, head coach Eddie Howe stated that he would like Karius to “stay” at Newcastle given his “calming” and “positive” influence in the dressing room since his arrival.
Although Karius is yet to make his competitive debut for Newcastle, he will have an eye on the Carabao Cup round of 16 tie against AFC Bournemouth on December 21 with first-choice goalkeeper Nick Pope currently out of the World Cup with England.
Loris Karius of Newcastle United arrives at the stadium before the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Brentford FC in St. James Park on October 8, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
And the former Liverpool goalkeeper has admitted there is a “good chance” to extend his stay with The Magpies.
“It’s all been positive and we’ll have some conversations and see what we’ll do, but of course I can see myself here longer and pushing and hopefully making more appearances in the future,” he said. “A competitive start, that’s my goal, that’s why I’m working every day and at the same time I’m supporting others. I think there’s a good chance I’ll stay here longer, but we’ll have to have a discussion over the next few weeks.”
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Karius’ 45 minutes against Al Hilal was his first in a game for Newcastle as he reflected on the game.
“In the end it’s just a friendly, but for me it was the first time I was back on the pitch after a long time,” he added. “I’m happy, it’s a good feeling and it also gives me a good feeling to move forward. It’s great to represent this club and I look forward to many more in the future.
“I’ve played a lot of games in the past, but after that period of not playing it almost feels like your first game again. I’m glad I was able to make some saves and help the team and feel everything again.”