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Longstaff admits he was ‘distracted’ by Manchester United transfer talk

Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff admits he was ‘distracted’ by summer speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United.

The 21-year-old impressed after being given his opportunity by Rafael Benitez at St James’ Park last season, with the midfielder’s performances believed to have attracted the interest of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Reports emerged that Manchester United were interested in signing the youngster, though were put off by Newcastle‘s £50m asking price, and Longstaff admits the transfer talk left him feeling distracted this summer.

“You can sometimes get distracted by outside noise and maybe in the summer I was for a little bit,” Longstaff told NUFC TV.

“It is hard not to when you go anywhere and see your face on the front of a newspaper.

“Or you turn on the television and people are talking about you and they aren’t talking about little things.

“They are discussing things that could change your life and you get distracted by the figures that are thrown out and do things you wouldn’t normally do.

“But it just goes to show that I did impress last year when I was given a chance so I just have to stick to doing that.

“I speak to Matty [Ritchie] a lot as he is someone I lean on and he helps keep me grounded with good advice.”

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