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Bruce ‘confident’ over Longstaff future amid Manchester United interest

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce says he is ‘ very confident’ over the future of midfielder Sean Longstaff, despite interest from Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been linked with a big-money move for the highly-rated 21-year-old as they look to bolster their midfield options, with Longstaff having shone after breaking into the Newcastle first-team last season.

Despite Longstaff having made just eight Premier League appearances before a cruciate knee ligament injury curtailed his season in November, reports have claimed that the Magpies value their promising academy graduate at around £50m.

Manchester United are not thought to be prepared to meet that valuation, though reports suggest the club are not willing to give up their pursuit of Longstaff and will test Newcastle’s resolve to keep the player with an opening bid of £30m.

According to Bruce, that bid is unlikely to tempt the North East side into a sale, with the 58-year-old admitting the club have no interest in selling their best young players.

“That won’t happen. I’m very confident,” Bruce said, as per the Mirror.

“We don’t want to sell our best young players, that’s for sure.”

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