Exclusive: Bent Wowed after Newcastle seal new signing ahead of Leeds
Darren Bent has praised Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce for re-signing Matty Longstaff ahead of the likes of Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Sunderland striker labelled the midfielder’s new deal as “a great bit of business”.
The 20-year-old’s existing deal ended at the end of last season and he had attracted interest from Brighton, Leeds and foreign clubs, according to Sky Sports.
Instead, Longstaff put pen-to-paper to a two-year deal at St. James’ Park last week.
Asked by Football Insider whether he was surprised it took so long for Newcastle to convince Longstaff to stay on Tyneside, Bent said:
“Yeah, it was a bit shocking but he was being linked all over the place.
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“He’s a very very good player so he’s going to be linked to absolutely everywhere.
“It’s good that they’ve convinced him to stay.
“I really like him, he showed signs last season of how good he can be.
“You know what Newcastle fans are like, they love seeing one of their own in the team and doing well.
“It’s a great bit of business from Steve Bruce because it brings the fans and the team together.
“There’s been all this talk about the takeover with a lot of disappointment with it not happening. This is just a little bit of good news that one of their own is staying.”
Longstaff made his first-team breakthrough last season scoring a 20-yard winner against Manchester United on his Premier League debut in October.
The following month he was called up to the England u20 squad for the first time.
In total he made 15 appearances for Bruce’s side last season and scored three goals.
The academy graduate’s older brother Sean Longstaff also plays in midfield for Newcastle.
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