Newcastle United’s handling of Matty Longstaff’s contract negotiations have been blasted by Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Jason Jones, Whelan blasted the club’s hierarchy as they let the 20-year-old’s contract expire.

The two parties remain in negotiations with the Chronicle reporting that Steve Bruce remains hopeful that the youngster will sign a new deal.

Bruce gave the midfielder his Premier League debut in October where Longstaff produced a 20-yard strike to win the game for Newcastle.

Asked by Football Insider whether Longstaff committing to a new deal would give Newcastle a much needed boost, Whelan said: “I think it’s so important to have players like that in your squad.

“You’ve got to have these homegrown players, they know what it’s all about, they’ve got the passion for the club.

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“We’ve seen him breakthrough, we’ve seen how good of a player he is. It’s such a waste to allow a young player with so much more to offer to let them go for nothing.

“These sort of players need tying down very quickly. When they break into the first team that’s when you’ve got to start having your contract discussions, get them nailed down to a three-year contract.

“That gives them that length of time to nail down a real permanent place and progress.

“Then, even if you do sell them you’re getting a lot more money for them. I wouldn’t be letting these players go.

“It’s like Kalvin Philipps at Leeds United, they’re the spearhead, they know what the clubs all about and what the fans want. You need players with that attitude in the changing room.”

Longstaff made 15 appearances in all competitions for Newcastle last season, scoring three goals.

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