By Paul Robinson

18th Aug, 2020 | 1:21pm

'He's a top player' - Exclusive: Top pundit excited as Newcastle in talks to re-sign star

Paul Robinson has argued it would be “sensible” for Matty Longstaff to re-sign for Newcastle United this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Jason Jones, the former England international claimed that the young midfielder is a “top player” who has the potential to get even better.

The academy graduate is currently a free agent after his contract with the Toon Army expired earlier this summer.

Sky Sports reported in June that Italian side Udinese had tabled an offer to lure the starlet to the continent.

More recently, The Chronicle have reported that Steve Bruce’s men have revived talks with the player, and are optimistic that a deal can be struck to retain his services.

And Robinson has welcomed the prospect of Longstaff staying put on Tyneside.

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Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I think it’s important.

“Newcastle, to be fair to them, they did all they could. There was an offer from Italy but there wasn’t much difference in wages.

“For me, for a young homegrown lad coming through the academy with his ability, I certainly wouldn’t have been thinking about leaving Newcastle. His opportunity is at his hometown club.

“I think he’s a top player, and I think he’s going to go on to become a better player, but I think the sensible decision for him as a player would be to re-sign for Newcastle.”

Longstaff burst into the first team picture at St. James’ Park last season with a stunning strike in the 1-0 win over Manchester United back in October.

In total, he made 9 Premier League appearances, and added a second goal to his tally when the Magpies played United at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.

In other Newcastle United news, Darren Bent has dropped a £5billion takeover claim as talks reportedly speed up.