The Chronicle have claimed that Leeds United have held talks to sign Matty Longstaff on a free transfer this summer, but Newcastle United are desperate to revive a deal and finally extend his current deal.
Longstaff, 20, broke into Newcastle’s senior team last season and scored three goals from midfield in 15 appearances – two of which came in the Premier League against Manchester United in a 1-0 win and a 4-1 loss.
But Newcastle failed to extend Longstaff’s contract, which expired at the end of June. Italian side Udinese have staged talks to sign the England Under-20 international, and now it is claimed Leeds are in talks for Longstaff.
Pre-season begins next week and Newcastle are keen to see Longstaff arrive at his boyhood club – reviving talks in order to do so. German Bundesliga side Schalke are also interested, despite Nabil Bentaleb returning there.
TBR’s view – Longstaff should stay at Newcastle
Even if a move to the Bundesliga, Serie A or Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa certainly propose attractive propositions. The young midfielder must remember that he has only played 15 times for Newcastle and is still a rookie.
Staying at a club he knows and loves for at least the next couple of seasons is crucial. Getting more game time under his belt, becoming a proven Premier League player and then looking at a move should be his career path.