The theme of Friday for Newcastle United was one of contracts. The morning started with an announcement that both Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie had extended their Newcastle stays to 2023.
During his morning press conference, Steve Bruce also confirmed that Newcastle held an option to extend Federico Fernandez for another year to 2021.
There was even a suggestion by Miles Starforth that Karl Darlow may be under contract until 2021 and not 2020, as has been widely understood.
However, with all this positivity, there is a counterweight to consider. It is Newcastle United, after all. The situation with local lad Matty Longstaff is still far from resolved.
The 19-year-old has less than four months on his current contract. He is already reportedly being courted by the likes of Inter Milan and Marseille.
BBC Newcastle’s Matthew Raisbeck has tweeted the following comments from Steve Bruce, who is obviously concerned with the midfielder’s future.
"I hope we can convince him that this is the place to be.
"I hope that it's just a purely football decision."
— Matthew Raisbeck (@raisbeck10) March 6, 2020
The Chronicle also has done a report with some additional comments from Bruce on Matty’s contract situation.
Here is a little of what he had to say:
“You can’t be with someone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All you can do is offer a bit of advice as someone who has been in the game a long, long time.
“I hope that we can reach an agreement, I really do, but it’s difficult, very difficult.”
Bruce sounds a little worried to us which is disconcerting. However, we have to hope that Matty’s ties to the club and the area prevail in the end.
It would be a blow to lose a promising local lad so soon after he made such an entrance to the Newcastle first team.
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