Keith Downie has given a rather big update on the future of Newcastle United ace Matty Longstaff on his official Twitter page.
According to his tweet, the Sky Sports presenter confirmed that he “will stay at SJP” after Udinese, Brighton and Hove Albion and Leeds United all tried to sign him up on a free transfer.
Longstaff is now set to sign a new long-term deal to stay at his boyhood club after some convincing by Steve Bruce.
Steve Bruce has convinced Matty Longstaff to stay at Newcastle United. The midfielder is set to sign a long-term contract to stay at his boyhood club. Udinese, Leeds & Brighton all attempted to take him on a free transfer but the 20-year-old will stay at SJP #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 20, 2020
Another report linked Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton and David Moyes’ West Ham United with a possible move for Longstaff given that his contract was running out, but now any move away from St. James’ Park seems to have been blown out of the water.
Indeed, the central midfield player enjoyed a fine breakthrough season in 2019/20, where he played in a total of 15 games in all competitions, scoring three goals, including two against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United in the Premier League, as per Transfermarkt.
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Longstaff is also an established youth international player, having played in two matches for the England U20’s side (via the website).
Bruce will be delighted that he has convinced the homegrown talent to stay, as he can now give some healthy competition to the likes of Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey and his brother Sean Longstaff in the middle of the park.
At just 20 years of age as well, Longstaff still has time to grow and develop as a football player, as he will now be hoping to kick-start his Magpies career for the years to come.
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