Newcastle United are hoping to use the
enforced break from football to get midfielder Matty Longstaff tied down
to a new deal at the club.
The Magpies are in grave danger of losing the 19-year-old, who is due
to fall out of contract at the end of the season, and is attracting the
interest of a number of top clubs from around the globe.
Despite the fact Newcastle have been battling for their lives in the
Premier League this season, work has been going on behind the scenes in
an attempt to agree fresh terms with the player and his representatives.
So far they have not been successful and Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has admitted his concerns over the situation.
However because of the break in play due to the threat of the
coronavirus, Newcastle now have the ideal opportunity to focus on those
players who will soon be falling out of contract and Longstaff is at the
top of the list.
There is a lot of uncertainty over the remaining fixtures this season and when they will be played.
If they are played at all. But in the meantime Bruce and club
officials have a bit more time to focus on Longstaff in the hope of
getting the deal done.
Bruce says he is regular contact with the player and has told him how
much the club want him, but there is a chance his representatives will
be telling him the kind of deal he could get elsewhere.
"I'm sure there are people in his ear so of course, the situation is a concern," Bruce said.
"But he knows what I think of him and I keep reminding him how many
other 19-year-olds have played in the Premier League this year. I speak
to him regularly and will continue to do so."
Reports have suggested Longstaff’s representatives do not believe the
deal on the table reflects the kind of progress their client has made
this season, and want more.
However Newcastle may not be willing to push the boat out, and the
fact that he has been struggling to get in the first-team in recent
weeks, may not help the situation.
- TEAMtalk media