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Sean Longstaff key to Steve Bruce's Newcastle plans

Sean Longstaff of Newcastle United applauds the crowd as he is substituted during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Burnley FC at St. James Park on February 26, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
Image: Sean Longstaff is not pushing for a move away from Newcastle

Steve Bruce is due to sit down with Sean Longstaff in the coming days and tell him he is a key part of his plans for next season, Sky Sports News understands, amid continued interest from Manchester United.

Bruce has joined up with his new squad in China at the Premier League Asia Trophy, and he is expected to tell the 21-year-old he does not want him to leave St James' Park.

It is believed Longstaff would be keen to talk to Manchester United, if the two clubs can agree on a fee, but he is not pushing for a move.

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Image: Steve Bruce sees Longstaff as a key part of his plans at Newcastle

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is impressed by Longstaff's potential, but Manchester United are not prepared to pay anywhere near the £50m asking price it would take for Newcastle to be interested in selling. United think his current worth is less than half that amount.

Longstaff is recovering from the knee ligament injury that has kept him out since March. The young Geordie has described it as a dream to be playing for his hometown club - he made just 11 senior appearances last season, but shone in those games, scoring two goals.

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