When asked about the recent links to Manchester United, Sean Longstaff has insisted he’s ‘100% focused’ on Newcastle United – a club he’s ‘dreamt’ of playing for all his life.
The 21-year-old admits he’s been ‘flattered’ to be linked with ‘top clubs’ in recent weeks, but is absolutely adamant that his only plan this summer is to get back fit and regain a regular place in the Newcastle United starting 11 ahead of the 2019/20 season.
This comes after several reports had tipped Manchester United to make a bid for Sean Longstaff, with some claiming he’s one of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s top targets this summer.
Here’s what Longstaff has had to say in response to the rumours when speaking to NUFC TV today:
“I just shows how far I’ve came. If someone told me at the start of the season ‘you’re going to be linked with these teams’ I probably would’ve laughed at them.
“It’s aways nice, it’s flattering. I’m massively flattered to have my name even in those conversations, but like I said, I’m 100% focused on Newcastle and trying to get back fit and in the team here.
“It’s always nice to have nice stuff said about you and be linked with top clubs, but for me this is what I’ve always wanted to do.
“I’ve always wanted to play for Newcastle and I only got a little taste of that, so for me it’s about getting back fit as soon as I can and getting back on the pitch for Newcastle and trying to make more memories in the future.”
“I’ve dreamt of this since I was a little boy and ever since I could remember.
“I want to play as much as I can, get back fit, do it for a full season and as long as I can.”
A brilliant response from the local lad – a guy who not only impresses on the pitch but someone who always seems to be a wise head on young shoulders whenever he speaks off the pitch.
It’s been claimed that the club have no interest in selling him this summer and will refuse all offers, so, if that’s the case, the midfielder looks certain to stay on Tyneside for at least another season if these comments are anything to go by.
The good news doesn’t end there, however.
As the footage shows below, he’s now back running and kicking a ball at the club’s training ground, suggesting he’s making very good progress after a knee-injury ended his season early in March: