'Next contract may be £50,000-a-wk' - Exclusive: Danny Mills reacts to Sky's Newcastle reveal

Danny Mills has urged Matty Longstaff to sign a new contract at Newcastle United even if it means accepting a lower salary than offered by Udinese.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 20-year-old would develop better at St. James’ Park in a familiar environment.

Sky Sports revealed that the central midfielder has been offered a deal by Udinese believed to be in the region of £30,000-a-week with a signing-on fee.

Newcastle’s original contract offer was just half of that but The Telegraph now claim they have come back with an improved offer worth over £20,000-a-week.

Mills believes a contract in the region of £50,000 could be around the corner for Longstaff if he continues to progress.

“Udinese seems like a strange one,” he told Football Insider.

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“I wonder who is behind the deal.

“I would advise him to stay, I think he is better off where he is. Moving abroad is not easy and especially for a young player. It would make life more difficult and challenging.

“If Udinese are offering £30,000 a week and Newcastle are offering around £25,000, it is not a life-changing amount to move away from somewhere where you are happy, comfortable and where you can grow and develop in one of the best leagues in the world.

“For now, I would stay where I have got family and friends. That way he can continue to improve and the next contract may be £50,000-a-week.”

The Chronicle‘s Mark Douglas claimed a resolution is not imminent and may hinge on the eagerly anticipated takeover of the club.

He said: “I’m not sure he will play again until it’s resolved – and I think only a takeover can really see this one properly resolved.”

In other Newcastle United news, Paul Robinson has tipped a two-time Champions League winner to make switch to St James’ Park.