Bruce confident of new Longstaff contract

Newcastle United

Steve Bruce says he is "quietly confident" midfielder Matty Longstaff will sign a new contract at Newcastle United before his deal runs out in the summer.

England Under-20 international Longstaff enjoyed a memorable debut for Newcastle on October 6 when scoring the only goal in the 1-0 victory over Manchester United at St James Park.

The 19-year-old was playing alongside older brother Sean, 22, in the heart of midfield in that game and both players are in negotiations over extending their stays on Tyneside.

Matty has played in a further two Premier League games since that win over the Red Devils and there is said to be some interest in his services, should he decide not to sign a new deal and leave on a free in the summer.

However, Bruce, who is beginning to win fans over following his appointment in July, is adamant the youngest Longstaff brother will be putting pen-to-paper on fresh terms.

“Young Matty has been away representing his country, which we all know about, but we are quietly confident we will get that all tied up in the next few weeks,” he was quoted as saying by the Shields Gazette.

“As I have said before, it seems to take ages even with a young lad like Matty. We are quietly confident it will be OK.”

Newcastle return to Premier League action on Monday evening when they make the trip to Villa Park and Matty, who has been benched for the victories over West Ham and Bournemouth, will be hoping to earn his starting spot back.

The Magpies are on a three-game unbeaten run ahead of their trip to the West Midlands and a third straight victory could potentially lift them from 13th to fifth, depending on results elsewhere.

Monday’s contest will also see Bruce return to one of his former employers, having managed the Villans for just under two years from 2016-2018 before then turning up at Sheffield Wednesday, who he left for Newcastle in the summer.