Bruce insists Toon have done 'everything they can' to keep Longstaff

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce insists the club have done ‘everything they possibly can’ to convince Matty Longstaff to stay… after young midfielder was offered £10k more per-week from Serie A side Udinese

  • Newcastle boss Steve Bruce says club have tried to convince Longstaff to stay
  • The young midfielder has been offered a more lucrative wage from Udinese
  • Bruce said the ball is now in Longstaff’s court after club did ‘everything they can’ 

Steve Bruce says Newcastle have done everything possible to keep Matty Longstaff and the club’s final contract offer rests with the player.

The 20-year-old has signed a short-term extension until the end of the season but, unless he commits to a new deal, he will leave his boyhood club this summer.

Longstaff has an offer from Serie A side Udinese – thought to be worth around £10,000-a-week more than Newcastle’s basic terms – but Bruce said: ‘I’ve gone public with it – I think we’ve made him a wonderful offer and, for me, that should be his way forward in his career.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said club have done ‘everything they can’ to keep Matty Longstaff

‘Now, the ball is certainly in young Matty’s hands. I’ve said it many times that being a Newcastle lad, and having had the season he’s just had, now it’s his way forward.

‘Of course we would all love him to stay, but as young as he is, the players now, it’s their prerogative if they want to run down their contract. There’s nothing much more we can do as a club.

‘We’ve done everything we possibly can. The rest is now up to Matty for him to decide.’

The young midfielder has been offered £10,000 more per-week to play for Udinese in Serie A

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