Steve Bruce will tell Sean Longstaff that he is ‘key’ to his plans at Newcastle United this season amid interest from Manchester United, according to reports.
The 58-year-old resigned as Sheffield Wednesday manager on Monday along with first-team coaches Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence.
And the Magpies confirmed on Wednesday that Bruce, who was only appointed as the Owls boss in January, will be Benitez’s successor at St James’ Park.
United are understood to have had an opening £15m approach for Longstaff rejected and they were recently ‘left stunned’ by Newcastle’s £50m valuation of a player that has made eight Premier League appearances.
The Sky Sports report continues by saying Longstaff is understood to be ‘excited’ at the prospect of working with Bruce, while the new head coach is ‘expected to tell the 21-year-old he does not want him to leave St James’ Park’.
However, if Newcastle and the Red Devils can agree a fee then Longstaff ‘would be keen to talk to’ Manchester club.
Longstaff, though, won’t push for a move and is desperate to become a ‘Newcastle regular’.