Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has given an update on the future of Matty Longstaff as he was questioned by Sky Sports News ahead of his team’s game in the Premier League against West Ham United tomorrow.
Speaking to the outlet, the Englishman admitted that “we don’t want to be losing our best players” with reference to Longstaff, who has been enjoying a relatively impressive breakthrough season so far and is due to hold a fresh meeting with him to discuss his future.
The 20-year old has made 13 senior appearances in all competitions in the 2019/20 campaign so far, scoring three goals, according to Transfermarkt. However, Longstaff has been offered a rather lucrative contract by Italian club Udinese, thought to be in the region of around £15,000 per week, as per Sky Sports.
This would be a major boost on his current £850-a-week wage and he would be earning nearly 18 times more what he is currently receiving at the Tyneside club. The prospect of moving to another country to play his football may also be attractive as a challenge for the England under-20 international, who may want to prove himself in a different climate.
On the other hand, Longstaff may be persuaded to stay if the proposed takeover by Amanda Staveley’s Saudi Arabian-led group is approved by the Premier League, with the consortium potentially splashing the cash in the upcoming summer transfer window providing that they abide by Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
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Nevertheless, Bruce has claimed that he would like to keep him in the northeast, but the final decision ultimately lies in the hands of the player.
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