Some positive news has emerged from The Chronicle in the last few moments, confirming that talented midfielder Sean Longstaff is now ‘on the verge’ of signing a new long-term contract with the club.
Considering his current deal was due to expire next summer, this will be seen as a real good job done by Rafa.
After an impressive loan spell with Blackpool last year (scoring 9 and assisting 6 from midfield), the 20-year old has had a breakthrough summer under Benitez, impressing over pre-season and earning a place in his Premier League squad.
He’s yet to feature in the League so far this season, however he looks like a player who’ll be more than capable of making the step up in the coming years.
It was reported a few weeks ago that Man Utd and Celtic scouts had been watching him in U-23 action, with The Chronicle also confirming today that he’d attracted interest from Germany, France and Spain – so it will be good to have the local lad tied down to a long-term deal.
Here’s confirmation from Lee Ryder in the last few moments:
Newcastle United are on the verge of agreeing a new contract with Geordie midfielder Sean Longstaff.
The 20-year-old is ready to commit his future to the club in a long-term deal after positive discussions over the international break.
United know they need to get Longstaff secured as his current arrangement set to expire in the summer. Longstaff can leave from June 30 to join a European side if no contract is agreed.
And the Chronicle understands that there has been big interest from the Continent after Longstaff’s year of progress.