Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff has told Stadium Astro that he is concentrating on playing for his hometown club, amid summer speculation with Premier League giants Manchester United.
Longstaff, 21, starred alongside his brother Matty on Sunday in the middle of the park as Newcastle earned a 1-0 win over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. Sean’s teenage brother scored the only goal of the game, on what was his first Premier League start.
Older brother Sean broke into the Newcastle side last season after spells on loan with Kilmarnock and Blackpool, the latter of which he scored nine goals in 45 games. After just a hanful of games, Manchester United were linked.
The Daily Mirror claimed Manchester United were keen over a £40million transfer for Longstaff but failed to place a formal bid for the midfielder, and Longstaff has now stated that he is just looking to perform well for hos boyhood club.
“The transfer speculation was obviously between clubs,” Longstaff said. “I tried to avoid it, but sometimes it’s hard. But ultimately it’s about putting everything aside when you step onto that pitch because that’s what we’re paid to do.
“I’m not sure to be honest [on if there was any truth to the rumours]. You’ll probably have to ask the people higher up than me. I’m just concentrating on my football. I’m playing for my hometown team, it is where I have wanted to be since I was a lad.”
TBR’s view – Longstaff is best to stay at Newcastle, and avoid United
Longstaff has managed 19 senior appearances for the Toon so far, with Sunday being one of his best performances for the club. But that is a tiny number, and at this stage he is still developing.
To maximise his potential, he needs constant first-team exposure. At Newcastle he will get that, and at Manchester United, he will struggle to be in the starting eleven. Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Fred, Nemanja Matic and more would rival Longstaff.