Newcastle boss Steve Bruce 'very confident' over Man Utd target Sean Longstaff's future

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce 'very confident' over Man Utd target Sean Longstaff's future

On the day he met owner Mike Ashley for the second time since his appointment as Newcastle head coach last week, Bruce insisted the Toon’s rising star would not be heading to Old Trafford.

United are weighing up a £30m bid for the midfielder who made such an impact after making his debut last season.

“That won’t happen,” he said. “I’m very confident.

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

Bruce held talks with Ashley after the controversial retail magnate flew into the club’s Benton training ground by helicopter for a two hour visit to meet the new management team and £40m record signing Joelinton.

While predecessor Rafa Benitez became disillusioned by Ashley’s lack of ambition, Bruce hails the arrival of the Brazilian as a sign of intent and revealed further signings are in the pipeline.

The Magpies have had a £14m bid for Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin turned down but won’t give up on him while Southampton outcast Charlie Austin has been offered to them and Bruce is considering a move.

Bruce is well aware that Ashley is held in contempt by most fans but claims to be encouraged by what he’s heard so far.

Sean Longstaff

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is confident over Sean Longstaff’s future (Pic: GETTY)

“I only met Mike a week ago before I flew to China and talks were really, really positive,” he added.

“And he thought it was important he came up on my first day of training here.

“We had a conversation which will obviously stay with us but that can only be a positive thing. I hope it continues.

“He wants the club to go forward. If he didn’t he wouldn’t have been here today I’d have thought.

“Of course, he wants more than just finishing 17th. You can’t say anyone at Newcastle is just happy to be 17th.”

Bruce says Joelinton has already impressed his new team-mates after yesterday’s double training session and is looking to welcome further recruits.

“There is money to spend and there is proof already,” he said. “It’s there in black and white, excuse the pun.

“Hopefully, over the next two weeks, we’ll do a bit more as well. Hopefully another three or four.”

During his time as Sunderland boss, Bruce became close to Sir Bobby Robson who died ten years ago this weekend, having earlier had the chance to succeed him as Newcastle manager.

He added: ““I got to know him later in his life and bloody hell, I could do with a word of advice from him now, that’s for sure!”

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