By Danny Mills

23rd Aug, 2020 | 7:45pm

Exclusive: Mills drops shock claim after Newcastle deal is agreed

Danny Mills has suggested that Matty Longstaff was always going to sign a new contract at Newcastle United and was “posturing for a better deal”.

The former Manchester City right-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, is adamant that the best conclusion has now been reached for all parties.

Newcastle confirmed yesterday that the 20-year-old had put pen to paper on a new two-year deal at his boyhood club after months of negotiating.

A number of Premier League clubs were interested in the midfielder while Serie A side Udinese tabled the player a lucrative contract offer.

Mills claimed that Longstaff was threatening to leave the North East giants to try and “squeeze a few more pounds out of the club.”

“Shock,” he joked to Football Insider after hearing that Longstaff had signed.

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“I think it was all about trying to get the best deal possible and that is why he was holding out and threatening to leave. It is all posturing for a better deal. I suspect that rumours were fed to the press to try and squeeze a few more pounds out of the club.

“With the Covid-19 situation you want to try and retain decent players and players are aware of that. 

“He was best off staying and the club are best off keeping him and in the end they have come to a mutually agreed deal.”

When speaking in the wake of his new contract, Longstaff said: “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.

“I spoke to Steve Bruce and we talked through it and it was a no-brainer after I spoke to him.”

In other Newcastle United news, it can be REVEALED that Celtic are in pole position to land defender wanted by numerous Premier League sides.