“It is taking way too long and it could have hit the boy”: Steve Bruce urges Matty Longstaff to make a decision about his future in Newcastle as his deal ends at the end of the season
- Matty Longtsaff’s future under Steve Bruce in Newcastle remains in the air
- The midfielder’s contract at St James’ Park ends at the end of the campaign
- Magpies have offered him a new deal, but Longstaff has yet to make a decision
- Bruce believes Longstaff’s contract saga has been going on for far too long
Steve Bruce, the boss of Newcastle, has urged Matty Longstaff to make a quick decision about his future at the club, arguing that the uncertainty has been ‘way too long’.
The 20-year-old recently signed a short-term contract extension through the end of the season after the campaign was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but he has yet to record his future beyond that date.
Newcastle has put a new deal on Longstaff on the table, but is still waiting for its response, with Serie A Udinese offering him a £ 30,000 a week package – presumably £ 10,000 a week more than the terms of the Magpies .
Matty Longstaff’s future in Newcastle is uncertain as his deal expires at maturity
And Bruce has since urged Longstaff to make a decision, insisting that the contract story may have influenced him.
Bruce told BBC Newcastle: ‘I have people who are committed to the club and Matty has not committed yet.
“In my opinion, it’s been going on way too long – and it may have hit the boy.”
Bruce added, “He has a big decision to make for a young player. We made him a fantastic offer for a young boy … yes, it is my job to protect players, but also to protect the club, and we want people who are committed to the club. We hope we can fix it. ‘
Steve Bruce, manager from Newcastle, has urged Longstaff to make a decision about his future
Longstaff has played 14 times for Newcastle under Bruce, scoring three goals during that time.
Since the season started again, Bruce has opted to deploy center back Fabian Schar at the center of midfield instead of Longstaff.
However, Bruce emphasizes that his selection choices are not motivated by Longstaff’s contract situation.
Bruce said, “Take the contract aside, I played Fabian Schar because of his physicality. That’s why I played Fab there. He played in that position for his country that is eighth in the world.
The 20-year-old played for Newcastle’s first team 14 times and scored three times
“This debate that I don’t put Matty on the team just because of his contract is not true. We all want Matty to stay and solve things, but the ball is with him. But I certainly don’t choose a team with that in mind. I chose a team at Watford that I thought could win the game.
“I gave the boy his debut. Unfortunately, he sustained a thigh injury when he came back from a lockdown, which was quite a serious one. I treated him as it should.
“We’ve made him a huge offer, it’s up to the boy to get involved. I don’t choose him because he didn’t sign a contract. We think a lot about Matty and the ball is with him. ‘