Sky Sports have provided an update on Matty Longstaff’s move to Aberdeen, revealing that the midfielder has signed an contract extension at St James’ Park following a loan switch to Scotland.
The 21-year-old’s current deal is due to expire next summer, meaning he’s currently down to be a free agent at the end of the 2021/22 season.
However, to tie him down on Tyneside and protect his value moving forward, Keith Downie has confirmed that ‘part of the agreement’ of him heading out on loan is that he extends his contract by a further year – keeping him around until 2023.
As you can see below, Sky Sports’ North-East correspondent has also revealed that Matty received interest from Championship trio West Brom, Stoke City and Sheffield United, but has sealed a move to the SPL instead.
Here’s what Steve Bruce had to say when asked about the Aberdeen rumours earlier today, confirming all parties look set to go ahead with the move:
“It’s happened very quickly over the last couple of days.
“I think we’ve said now for a good couple of weeks it’s important for young Matty to go and play some football.
“He had a difficult year for one thing and another last year so it’s a great opportunity for him to go and play. It’s quite as simple as that.
“I certainly haven’t heard of the Championship interest.
“There might have been interest, I’m sure, but when it comes down to the offer, Aberdeen have put their offer on the table and it looks like the kid is going to accept it.
“The kid is desperate to go and play football.
“Aberdeen is a good club and a decent play to go and play so good luck to him.“
A slightly odd move if Championship offers were on the table, but perhaps they were the only side guaranteed to offer him regular game time?
Good luck, Matty!