JONAS Gutierrez won’t look beyond Newcastle United’s next game – despite reported interest in him from Lazio.
The Serie A club have been linked with a summer move for the winger, who had his best game of the season in Tuesday night’s 2-0 success at Birmingham City.
Gutierrez will have just a year left of his present contract when the summer transfer window opens. And Lazio are reportedly keen to open talks with Newcastle over a move for Gutierrez, now in his third season at St James’s Park.
However, Gutierrez – who set up both goals at St Andrew’s – won’t be distracted by talk on his future, and is instead focused on helping the club secure its Premier League status for another year.
“The most important thing is to think about the next game,” Gutierrez said. “We don’t have to think about the future – if we think about the next season, or the next year, it’s a big mistake.
“We have to think about the next game, and do the best for the manager. The manager’s going to decide who is best for any position. The most important thing is to take 42 points, and then we can see what position we can finish in.”
The Argentina international, signed from Real Mallorca in the summer 2008 when Kevin Keegan was manager of United, is settled on Tyneside.
However, Gutierrez, a close friend of countryman Fabricio Coloccuini and Jose Enrique, is keen to see the club invest in the squad, believing the squad isn’t yet big enough to cope with the rigours of the top-flight.
“I’m really happy here,” added Gutierrez. “The only thing is the club has to focus on what it wants to do. We don’t have too many players because of injuries, and this league is tough. It’s a problem if you don’t have players, but the future can be good.”
Goalkeeper Steve Harper, meanwhile, is looking for Newcastle to secure their Premier League status in the next four games.
With three of ninth-placed Newcastle’s next four Premier League games at St James’s Park, the goalkeeper doesn’t see why they can not move past the 40-point mark over the coming weeks.
The result at St Andrew’s took them past their relegation-season total of 34 points with 11 games left to play.
And Pardew’s players will take on Bolton Wanderers at home a week tomorrow after a much-needed rest in bullish mood.
“We’ve got three out of four at home now, so we need to get the job done, and the sooner the better,” said Harper. “Bolton are above us in the league, but maybe now we can start to look upwards rather than over our shoulders.
“We’re not getting carried away. We still need half a dozen points, but we have a great opportunity to get them. We need to get safe and as soon as possible.”