Yesterday, it was revealed that Newcastle had yet to approach Federico Fernandez about a contract extension despite the Argentine having just four months remaining on his current deal.
The Athletic’s Chris Waugh has just written a report about another Magpie with only four months left. That is 19-year-old local lad Matty Longstaff, who is reportedly receiving a lot of interest from some top clubs in Europe.
2019 was very much the year of the Longstaffs – with Sean emerging before Matty followed
But 2020 has seen Sean's form slip & Matty's contract situation drag on
— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) February 28, 2020
Matty is still on the £850 a week deal he signed in 2018. Despite being free to leave for just a compensation fee this summer, Newcastle have yet to reach a breakthrough in negotiations with the youngster.
The Geordie midfielder made his debut in the Carabao Cup in August but his breakthrough came a month later against Manchester United. Matty made his league debut and smashed in the game-winner for the struggling Magpies.
He went on to start the next two matches before being dropped for the win at West Ham when Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden came back into the team. He’s since been a bit-part player; however, his rise to the first-team has hampered negotiations with his hometown club.
Newcastle are reportedly offering more than they generally do for someone of Longstaff’s age. However, his representatives are holding out for a deal they feel better represents his status as a first-team player.
The situation could turn tragic for Newcastle fans if something is not worked out soon. The Athletic is reporting both Inter Milan and Marseille are very interested in signing Matty this summer.
Newcastle need to sort this situation out and get Matty signed up long term.
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