Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has admitted that he is concerned regarding the future of young midfielder Matty Longstaff at the club.
The 19-year-old burst onto the scene in the Premier League fixture against Manchester United where he ended up scoring the winning goal on his Magpies first-team debut at the St. James’ Park.
As things stand, the younger Longstaff has less than six months left on his current deal with Newcastle and he will be allowed to leave the club on a free in the summer transfer window if an extension is not agreed by the summer.
In the recent past, there have been reports of interest from the likes of Italian Serie A outfits Inter Milan and AC Milan in signing Longstaff as a free-agent.
While talking to the media, as cited by Daily Mirror, Bruce admitted that the situation regarding the contract of the young Newcastle midfielder is a ‘concern’ but is still optimistic of convincing the player to sign a new deal in the near future.
“I’m sure there are people in his ear, so of course the situation is a concern,” he 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. He knows how much the club wants him to stay.”
Longstaff is a Newcastle academy product and has already scored three goals in just 13 appearances in all competitions for the Toon Army.
The Magpies are going through a decent campaign where they are placed on the 13th position of the league table with 35 points after 29 matches, eight clear of the relegation zone.