“I’m desperate to stay … but we can’t get there right now”: Steve Bruce admits Newcastle has reached an “impasse” in an attempt to resolve Matty Longstaff’s contract situation
- Matty Longstaff’s contract situation in Newcastle has reached an ‘impasse’
- The 19-year-old is free to leave in the summer after his contract has expired
- Steve Bruce has revealed that he will not intervene in the future of Longstaff
Steve Bruce has revealed that Matty Longstaff’s contract situation in Newcastle has reached an ‘impasse’, but says he will not intervene.
The 19-year-old’s deal ends in the summer and he is now free to talk to foreign clubs.
Longstaff was expected to sign a new contract after his stunning winning goal in his debut against Manchester United in October.
The future of Matty Longstaff in Newcastle United would have reached an ‘impasse’
Bruce, however, has no good news in that regard and there is a real danger that the midfielder can leave his hometown club.
“It’s clear he has advisors who will advise one thing,” Bruce said. “I am desperate that he stays, but ground must be given on both sides, I thought. But we can’t get there right now.
“Both parties must be happy and at the moment there is an impasse, but I am convinced that we can still do it.”
Steve Bruce is “desperate” for him to stay, but has said he is “not going to do it at all”
Asked if he could intervene to help alleviate the impasse, Bruce said, “I will stay up to date with the situation, but one thing I’m not going to deal with today is his contracts. I used to have some rows about contracts and money … “
In the meantime, the older brother of Longstaff, Sean, has seen conversations about a new deal break off in recent months and no progress has been reported.
His deal ends in 2022, but was signed before he made his senior debut in January last year and the player wants a new contract to reflect his status as the first team.