Luke Edwards, in the Telegraph, is reporting that Matty Longstaff has agreed on a new contract with Newcastle United. His previous deal was set to expire in the summer.
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) November 11, 2019
Edwards is reporting that a breakthrough in negotiations with the 19-year-old has been reached and the new deal will be signed within the next few weeks. The terms or length of the deal were not revealed in the report.
This is excellent news that Newcastle will keep one of the bright young talents at the club. While it was always likely to happen at some stage this season, to get the deal out of the way will be good for the youngster as he can continue to focus on his football.
Matty made his Premier League debut against Manchester United, where he scored that monumental goal. He has firmly entrenched himself in the match-day squad ahead of the more experienced Ki Sung-yueng.
While he has not played in the last two matches, Matty is now in and around a starting place after not featuring in the first two months of the campaign.
Matty and Sean Longstaff– new deal for Matty but Sean must wait
The report also touches on Matty’s older brother Sean Longstaff. The 22-year-old signed his current deal less than a year ago but it was before his big breakthrough earlier this year.
Reports of a new deal for Sean has been bandied about since his strong link to Manchester United this summer. There was even a report earlier this year that Newcastle were ready to make Sean one of the highest-paid players at the club.
However, according to the Telegraph report, Steve Bruce is reluctant to give Sean a new deal just yet. He wants to see more from the Geordie midfielder before making him one of the top earners at Newcastle.
Apparently, negotiations have been put on hold until the end of this season. At that point, they will continue after Sean has completed a full season in the first-team.
The report also mentions that the elder Longstaff is not in any rush to leave his hometown club. That is despite recent reports that Manchester United are still interested in making a move for Sean in the winter.
We think, on the whole, this is promising news if accurate. Getting Matty tied down should be one of the top priorities for Newcastle. We really didn’t have any concerns that it would get completed sooner rather than later.
The issue with Sean is a little bit more complicated. It seems his representatives are pushing for the best deal possible for the midfielder. This is understandable, but he has not performed at the same level as he did last year.
His season has been stunted by his recovery from last season’s knee injury, a recent ankle injury, and now his three-game suspension for his red card. So it appears as though Newcastle want to see how Sean progresses over the course of this season before offering him a lucrative new deal.
We are slightly concerned with this approach due to the Manchester United interest. However, by all accounts, Sean loves playing for Newcastle United, so we have faith that a new contract is on the horizon.