Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has commented on a reportedly imminent takeover and Matty Longstaff’s contract situation during his pre-Sheffield United press conference on Friday morning, as per the Chronicle.
Newcastle finally return to action on Sunday when they play host to Chris Wilder’s side. It will be Newcastle’s first match since reports of a takeover have emerged, as Mike Ashley’s 13-year reign edges closer to an end.
Amanda Staveley’s Saudi-backed group have paid a deposit and are awaiting approval from the Premier League, ahead of a £300million takeover. The move has had criticism and numerous obstacles to overcome.
Amid takeover talk, Longstaff is nearing the end of his contract. Bruce stated that all loanees and players in the final month of their contract will finish the season – he is waiting for Longstaff to respond to an offer of a longer contract.
“I’ve had no conversations with anyone. That’s fine by me. If I haven’t had any conversations, I can’t be giving any answers,” Bruce said, on the takeover. “It’s important to focus on the challenge ahead.
“We are desperate for him to stay. He’s a Newcastle fan. We have offered him a fantastic deal and hope he accepts it,” Bruce continued when asked where Longstaff’s contract is currently at.
TBR’s view – Newcastle will be left red-faced if Longstaff departs
Newcastle have been crying out for younger players to break into the side and shine over the last few years. The likes of Adam Armstrong, Ivan Toney and more have been allowed to leave, instead of being given a fair crack at the whip.
Now, they have a real prospect on their hands – or two, along with his brother Sean. Matty desperately needs to be kept on Tyneside, not only for the player’s career but for Newcastle too. He can lead the new Newcastle into the light.