Luke Edwards, with the Telegraph, has written a report about Steve Bruce’s growing concerns over the contract situation with Matty Longstaff, who has just five months remaining on his deal.
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) February 3, 2020
With Matty’s contract not being sorted before this year, Newcastle run the risk of the 19-year-old leaving the club in the summer for just £400,000 in compensation. Matty has been free to talk to clubs in Europe since the beginning of the year.
There have already been some rumblings that Inter Milan are interested in the young midfielder. The stalemate in talks with Newcastle have reached a point where now Steve Bruce has grown worried about it.
This is what Steve had to say about the lack of progress on a new contract for Matty Longstaff:
“It’s a concern for us all, of course it is. I hope we can get that tied up, I really do.
“But they’ve got the power these days, the players. We see it often now, with young players as well.
“I hope there’s a bit of common sense. There’s nobody, at 19, played more games than [Matty]. He’s got an opportunity. If he’s fit, he plays (against Oxford).
“Look, we always want to keep our best young players, especially if they’re Geordies, of course. Let’s hope they both get tied up. I leave all that up to Lee Charnley.
“In all of it, with Matty in particular, at 19, he has now played 11, 12 times. I’ve dipped him in and out. I can’t see another 19-year-old playing (so regularly at PL level).”
In the Telegraph report, Edwards cites Newcastle’s reluctance to offer Matty’s brother Sean better terms as a possible reason that Matty has yet to sign an extension.
We hope that is not the case, as both are in different situations. Sean signed a new deal towards the end of 2018. While he outplayed that contract in the first few months of last year, he’s been very inconsistent this season.
Despite Manchester United’s interest over the summer, Sean has not played his way into getting the terms he is likely seeking.
He may deserve improved terms over his current contract, but he has not performed to a level that would make him worthy of being one of the highest paid players at the club. Not yet in any case.
Hopefully, Matty will relent and agree on an extension with Newcastle. Sean will get his new deal, but he has to be patient as he’s already signed long-term, and there are higher priority players that need to be extended at the moment.
Not least of which is his younger brother, who has been one of the bright spots of this campaign. Young Matty has scored three excellent goals this season and hopefully, he will get more opportunities to add to his tally.
We should see both Matty and Sean tomorrow in the midfield together at Oxford.
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