Steve Bruce Concerned by Matty Longstaff's Contract Situation at Newcastle

​Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has admitted that Matty Longstaff's contract situation is a 'concern,' with the youngster being linked with a move away from the club. 

Longstaff made his Premier League debut in October last year, scoring a memorable winner against Manchester United. The midfielder has since gone on to make 12 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring three times. His second strike for the club also came against United, this time at Old Trafford. 

Matty Longstaff,Andy Carroll

The 19-year-old's contract is due to expire at the end of the season and, as a result, he is now free to talk to foreign clubs and potentially sign a pre-contract agreement. Should this happen, the Magpies ​would only receive a measly £400,000 in compensation.

​Newcastle boss Bruce has now admitted that his contract situation is a cause for concern, especially considering the player power these days, but he added that 'common sense' would be key. 

"It’s a concern for us all, of course it is. I hope we can get that tied up, I really do. But they’ve got the power these days, the players. We see it often now, with young players as well. I hope there’s a bit of common sense. There’s nobody, at 19, played more games than him," Bruce said, as quoted by ​the Daily Mail.

Steve Bruce

Matty's brother and teammate Sean has a contract is due to expire in 2022, and Bruce has insisted that the club want to keep hold of their brightest young talents. 

He added: "Look, we always want to keep your best young players, especially if they’re Geordies, of course. Let’s hope they both get tied up."

With Matty's contract due to expire in the summer, he has already been linked with a move to a number of sides in Europe. ​The Times recently reported that both ​Inter and ​Milan are 'chasing' his signature and that both sides are 'ready to offer' the Englishman a five-year contract.

Source : 90min