Longstaff keeping his ‘head down’ amid flattering Man Utd transfer talk

The highly-rated Newcastle midfielder is among those to have been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but he is trying to avoid the rumours for now

Sean Longstaff admits to being “flattered” by reports linking him with Manchester United, but the Newcastle midfielder is looking to keep his “head down” for now.

The highly-rated 21-year-old has come a long way in a short space of time.

Back-to-back campaigns between 2016 and 2018 were spent taking in loan spells away from St James’ Park, with the latter seeing him turn out in League One for Blackpool.

A breakthrough was made on Tyneside, though, last season, with 13 first-team appearances taken in across all competitions.

Longstaff offered enough to suggest that he is now a target for another United, but the youngster is reading little into the speculation for now.

He told The Chronicle: "I just keep my head down.

"I am just trying to get fit - that's all I can focus on. I am still a Newcastle United player.

"I want to get back on the pitch as soon as I can. That is what I am looking forward to doing.

"I make more and more progress every day, that's all I look forward to. I can't wait to get on the pitch and impress the new boss."

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Longstaff admits that he has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence, with a season-long loan to Portsmouth all set to be sealed 12 months ago before Rafa Benitez moved to block the switch.

"If somebody had said to be me a year ago I would be in this position, I would probably have laughed at them," added the Newcastle native.

"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.

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"For me, it is all a positive really. It gives you even more confidence. When I was in for a short amount of time people took notice of me. 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."