Good news – Rafa Benitez confirms talks with Lee Charnley to secure top youngster

After The Chronicle recently reported that the club planned to hand Sean Longstaff a new contract, Rafa Benitez has now confirmed that he has been in touch with Lee Charnley in a bid to tie him down to a new deal.

The 20-year-old midfielder has had a breakthrough summer of sorts, impressing over pre-season and earning a place in Rafa’s Premier League squad, however his contract is due to expire at the end of the season.

It’s also been reported that European clubs can sign him for just £500,000 if he lets his contract run down – another reason why he need to get a new contract agreed after The Chronicle confirmed interest from Spain, France and Germany.

Here’s what the Spaniard has had to say when asked if he was in talks with the youngster about a new contract:

“One of the things we have been talking about is that.

“Lee Charnley wanted to know my vision on it. I spoke to the lad he is training well.

“I told him to leave the other people (agents and the club) to do their jobs and concentrate on doing well in the training sessions and he is quite focused.”

Longstaff got on the scoresheet once again for the U-23’s last night and he really does look like a player capable of making the step up to senior level.

Given Ayoze Perez’ stuttering form and our lack of alternatives in attacking midfield, Longstaff may well get his big chance before long – but securing him for the next few years will be the biggest breakthrough for now.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

One thought on “Good news – Rafa Benitez confirms talks with Lee Charnley to secure top youngster

  1. He needs to be making sure they have a path through to the first team, not just signing them up!!.

    For me this lad should be in ahead of Hayden and Ki.

    Longstaff, Sterry, Roberts and Fernandez (plus maybe this Danish lad who seems to be in form) – they should all be involved with the first team squad. Maybe not all at the same time, but not question they could be as good as or better than we have there already.


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