Newcastle keen to settle new contract for ‘first-class’ midfielder

Newcastle are looking to agree on a new, long-term deal for 24-year-old midfielder Sean Longstaff, who remains in the plans of Magpies coach Eddie Howe, according to… Al-Duru newspaper.

Although the midfielder has started just three Premier League games since Eddie Howe took over at St James’ Park, the academy graduate is still in the long-term plans of the Newcastle manager, who is keen to settle a new deal before Longthaf’s contract expires. this summer. .

Sean Longstaff’s deal is set to expire at the end of this season

“[Contract] Hao stressed that the talks are continuing.

“When he played, I think he did very well and he’s definitely someone we love and believe in and I see a long-term future for him here, and I just hope we can settle the contract,” Howe said.

Longstaff’s place in the squad has been met with stiff competition since the Saudi-led takeover, particularly since the acquisition of Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimarães – the Newcastle player may look to build their midfield in the future.

“You need strength in every division of the team and you know that with football being, there will be opportunities for every player on the team,” Howe added.

“Shaun, when he gets his chance on the team, I think he will take it because of his training method and his overall day-to-day attitude has been top notch,” Howe said.

Longstaff is just 10 games away from the century mark for his boyhood club, and despite appearances and minutes being restricted this season for the young midfielder, a deal looks likely with the player. Despite being just a rotating piece this season, Longstaff certainly has the potential to thrive on becoming a key player at St James’ Park, and both player and manager alike hope that will be the case.