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New contract agreed with Matty Longstaff but problems getting Sean Longstaff to sign – Report

3 weeks ago
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Matty Longstaff has agreed to sign a new Newcastle contract, the news coming via an exclusive in The Telegraph.

Writer Luke Edwards, who is close to Steve Bruce, states that 19 year old Matty Longstaff will formally sign the new deal before the end of November.

However, Edwards says that things are not so straightforward with Sean Longstaff.

In December 2018, the older brother signed a new deal that took him up to the end of June 2022.

However, at that time he was still yet to play any minutes in the Premier League and the deal would have reflected that.

The Telegraph report says that ‘negotiations have stalled because the 22-year-old’s representatives are seeking to make him one of the club’s top earners, something Newcastle are reluctant to do at this stage.’

Not really surprising that this would be the stance from both player and his agents, with that reported interest from Man Utd and the fact that both last season and this one, Sean Longstaff hs kept top earner Jonjo Shelvey out of the team, who no doubt is earning quite a few times more than the Geordie midfielder.

Luke Edwards says that Steve Bruce thinks Sean Longstaff has still yet to show the form he did last season under Rafa Benitez before a serious knee injury.

Edwards claims that Sean Longstaff is missing at the minute with another injury but of course he is in the middle of a three game suspension, which ends in time for him to face Man City if elected on 30 November. That fixture of course was arguably his best moment so far, playing a key role in beating Man City 2-1 under Rafa in January.

A bit of a worry that after Steve Bruce and the club have claimed a host of key first team players would be signing new contracts early this season, only Martin Dubravka has done so far. The club seemingly finding it easier to announce a number of low cost new deals for teenage players, than securing the more costly ones for any number of first team players.

The Telegraph exclusive:

‘Newcastle United’s young midfielder Matty Longstaff will sign a new contract in the next few weeks but older brother Sean has been told he needs to do more to earn a second new deal in the space of 12 months.

His (Matty’s) existing deal is due to expire at the end of the season, but the club want to reward him with a new deal that reflects his emergence as a first-team player rather than a member of the development squad.

But the negotiations with his older brother are more complicated as Sean signed a new contract only last year that will keep him at St James’ 

Bruce believes the player still has much to prove before he is given a huge pay rise and has argued the player needs to earn it on the pitch having started only six games this season. He missed the win over Bournemouth last weekend with another injury.

Although Bruce is happy with the way Sean has played, there is still a feeling he is yet to hit the same heights as last season, when he first broke into the first team and delivered a string of impressive performances. A serious knee injury stalled his progress and he has been in and out of the side ever since.

Bruce is pleased with the way he has gone about things, but there is a view he is still feeling his way back to full fitness and form. He will be given every chance to do so, but it seems premature to talk about a lucrative new contract when he is not cemented as first choice in the centre of midfield.

The lack of progress is likely to alert Manchester United, who tried to sign him for £25m in the summer, only to be told the player was not for sale.’

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