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Longstaff admits Manchester United interest is ‘flattering’

Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff has admitted that he is flattered to be linked with a move to Manchester United, describing them as ‘one of the biggest clubs in the world’.

The Newcastle born midfielder has emerged as somewhat of a surprise transfer target for Manchester United this summer, even though he has only made eight Premier League appearances for the Magpies to date.

Despite his relative lack of experience, it is claimed that Newcastle have slapped a whopping £50 million price tag on the head of the 21-year-old, who saw his promising breakthrough season cut short by injury.

Having returned to fitness, Longstaff is currently over in China playing in the Premier League Asia Trophy, and when questioned about the interest being shown in him, he admitted that while it was ‘flattering’, he is focussed on his ‘job’ at Newcastle.

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“If somebody had said to me a year ago I would be in this position, I would probably have laughed at them,” Longstaff said, as per the Independent.

“This time last year, I was deciding whether to go to League One on loan. A year on, you are seeing your name linked with one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“For me, it is all a positive really. It gives you even more confidence. It is flattering, but my job is at Newcastle.

“The new boss is coming in and it’s a clean slate for everybody – including me.

“I just get my head down and work on the pitch. Like anybody knows, you are no use to anybody if you aren’t fit.”

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