Newcastle United fans can finally rest easy over Matty Longstaff after he penned a new two-year deal at St James’ Park.
The Magpies’ 20-year-old academy product burst onto the scene in the first team earlier in the 2019/20 season.
Longstaff scored home and away against Manchester United in the Premier League and began attracting interest from elsewhere.
AC Milan were long linked with a move for the midfielder, whose contract situation was not being resolved on Tyneside.
However, he has now been tied down until 2022 after honest talks with manager Steve Bruce over his immediate future in the team.
Longstaff, who plays alongside brother Sean at St James’ Park, has not featured as much post-lockdown.
But he has been given the necessary assurances from Bruce going forward ahead of the 2020/21 campaign getting underway in three weeks’ time.
On his new contract, Longstaff told Newcastle’s official website: "I'm delighted to have signed.
“It took a bit longer than I'd hoped but I'm really happy it's done now, and I can't wait to get back to playing at a full St. James' Park hopefully soon.
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"I spoke to Steve Bruce and we talked through it and it was a no-brainer after I spoke to him.
“He gave me my chance and I'm really looking forward to working with him and his coaching staff, who were all great with me.
"Playing alongside Sean always makes it special so hopefully I can get a few more games under my belt with him and crack on."
Bruce, meanwhile, said: "I'm delighted that he's committed himself. It's great to see a young local lad from North Shields staying with his boyhood club.
"It's taken a while, but patience is a virtue and I've always said that I was quietly confident.
"We never want to lose our good young players and it's an important time for Matty now. I do believe the speculation affected him, so let's hope we get to see the real Matty, the one who burst onto the scene before last Christmas, and let's see him come and perform to the level which we hope he can maintain."
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