There was a recent report in the Telegraph that Newcastle and Matty Longstaff had made a breakthrough in their contract negotiations and that a new deal would be signed in the coming weeks. That has yet to happen for the nineteen-year-old whose current deal will run out this summer.
We have every reason to believe that Newcastle will get Matty tied down long-term despite the seeming delay in the proceedings. However, the same report said that Matty’s older brother Sean would have to wait until the end of the season for an improved deal.
Sean had just signed his recent deal in December of last season; however, it was before his breakthrough performances last season.
The Chronicle have published some comments Sean has made about his contract situation. There does seem to have been some conversations, but they don’t appear to have been recent. This is what the 22-year-old had to say about his talks with Newcastle:
“It’s up to the club, what they want to do. There have been conversations. I don’t want to give too much away.
“That was a little while ago. But, like I said, I’m not really worried about contracts and stuff like that. I’m just trying to concentrate on football. At the end of the day, that’s what I want to do.
“You didn’t play when you were younger to worry about contracts and this and that, and that’s how I’m looking at it now. I’m just continuing to work hard and do my job every day.”
This is the right attitude for the young midfielder. His focus should now be getting back into the Newcastle team. He’s missed out on the last two wins due to his red card suspension with Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey coming into the side and putting in superb displays.
With Sean’s current contract being signed so recently, there is no rush on the club’s part to get an improved one done. We would expect there to be ongoing talks, but with so many other players in need of new contracts, it’s just not as pressing at the moment.
There are also developments on Manchester United’s interest in Longstaff that favor Newcastle’s approach.
The Daily Mail has published a list of eight Manchester United transfer targets, and Sean is not listed as one of them. So it could be that their interest has waned a bit over the past few months.
The report lists West Ham midfielder Declan Rice as being a potential midfield target. There are also other reports that Manchester United could nab Lille’s 20-year-old midfielder Boubakary Soumare whose contract is due to expire this summer. He has been compared to a young Paul Pogba.
We hope that both Longstaff brothers get the new contracts that they deserve. While it may take a little time to get them done, we have faith that they will both be at Newcastle for a long time.