Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce is reportedly planning to hold talks with midfielder Sean Longstaff about his future imminently.
According to Sky Sports, Bruce wants to tell the 21-year-old he will be an integral part of his plans for the new season and will have discussions in the coming days.
It is understood that the new manager will inform Longstaff that he wants to keep him at St James’ Park amid interest from Manchester United.
The report explains that the young central midfielder is “excited” to work under Bruce and is not pushing for an exit, despite the fact he would talk to Manchester United if they agreed a fee for him.
Longstaff is reportedly valued at near £50million, but officials at Old Trafford believe he’s worth less than half that.
Bruce is walking into a cauldron of anger at Newcastle, as many fans are frustrated about a lack of investment from Mike Ashley and also the departure of Rafael Benitez.
Bruce can just try do his best to try get some fans on his side, something he may be able to achieve if he secures the long-term future of Longstaff.
Longstaff caught the eye last season when he broke into the first-team before his injury setback and didn’t looked overawed by the step up from the academy.
The Englishman is a box-to-box midfielder that can help out the attack with his late runs forward, while he’s a fearless tackler and protects the defence too.
He was a real success story to come out of last season and he should be vital to Newcastle if given a chance in the new campaign.