Alan Shearer says that ‘it’s sounding increasingly unlikely’ that Matty Longstaff will be a Newcastle United player next season.
The 20-year-old midfielder is out of contract this summer and has been heavily linked with a move away from St James’ Park.
According to Sky Sports, Udinese are one club who are looking to tempt him away from Tyneside after offering a deal worth around £30,000 per week plus a signing on bonus.
As per a report in The Telegraph, Newcastle United have offered the player over £20,000 per week to stay at the club, which according to the club legend, is a ‘very good offer’.
Writing in The Sun, Shearer said: “If he (Matty Longstaff) leaves at the end of his contract it will be a great shame because he’s a local boy and you don’t know what’s around the corner with the looming takeover.
“For someone who has started just six league games, it would be a huge gamble to move to Udinese and I really hope it doesn’t backfire for him.
“If the figures we’re hearing are correct then Newcastle have put a very good offer on the table.
“I understand their stance because you’ve got a 20-year-old who has not played much and wasn’t even in the equation at the beginning of the season.
“They feel they’ve offered him a lot of money, with increases going up and up each year, which he or his agent clearly doesn’t think is enough.
“And if Longstaff has already agreed to move, there’s little more they can do.”
Shearer added: “If he sees himself down the pecking order then it’s up to him to make himself first choice.
“If you’ve got the belief in your ability then you will turn that around and you will eventually become a regular starter.
“There’s still a little bit of hope he will stay but it’s sounding increasingly unlikely now – and what a shame both for Longstaff and Newcastle United.”
GIVEMESPORT’S Phil Spencer says…
Every Newcastle United fan on Tyneside is hoping that Matty Longstaff signs a new deal.
The young midfielder epitomises what north east football is about as a hometown boy who has made a name for himself by playing at St James’ Park.
Why would he want to throw that away?
Longstaff is going to make a lot of money in his career, so instead of looking for a quick payday by moving away from the club, he should be looking to build a legacy at Newcastle United where he could establish himself as a modern day club legend.
If he turns his back on the club in their time of need, however, it won’t be forgotten.
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