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Sean Longstaff admits he's fallen back in love with Newcastle after signing new contract

Sean Longstaff has signed a new contract with Newcastle United.

The midfielder could have left the club for nothing this summer, but he’s now signed a new deal until 2025. He’s here for another three years, and will be keen to keep improving under Eddie Howe.

His future has been up in the air for a while now, but Longstaff has been able to earn a new contract from the manager and is staying at St James’ Park.

Longstaff certainly proved his worth in the final two games of the season, excelling against Arsenal and Burnley. Injuries handed him an opportunity, and he took it with both hands.

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With his immediate future sorted, Longstaff can now enjoy a break until the players return for pre-season training.

The 24-year-old is clearly enjoying working with Howe, and has spoke about the manager following his contract announcement.

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The club confirmed the news on their official website, and Longstaff has spoke to NUFC TV about his contract extension.

“To be honest since the first day the new manager’s came in I’ve loved every second working with him,” Longstaff said.

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“It sounds a bit horrible but I think a little bit beforehand your head gets turned in every different direction when you’re in and out and not really enjoying your football.

“The way the new manager came in and he’s sort of changed all that, and really made me fall back in love with Newcastle, fall back in love with the club and playing football really which was the biggest thing for me.”

Eddie Howe is working wonders

Longstaff was linked with leaving Newcastle last summer. Rafa Benitez’s arrival at Everton prompted talk of a move to Goodison Park, while Southampton were also linked.

Newcastle reportedly only wanted £10million for the midfielder, which was £40million less than his asking price when Manchester United targeted him in 2019.

Longstaff has had an up and down career since emerging onto the scene. He’s never really hit the same heights, nor has he been able to nail down a place in the starting XI.

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It’s no wonder his head was turned and he fell out of love with the club. That’s how a lot of supporters felt about the Mike Ashley regime.

But the takeover and subsequent appointment of Howe has revitalised the Magpies. The gloom around the club has well and truly disappeared.

Longstaff appears to love having Howe as a manager. He’s doing an excellent job at making players better, and the local lad is a prime example. And at 24, he still has the potential to improve even further.

Big names will arrive at St James’ Park, but it’s important we try and stick to our roots. Seeing a Geordie play for Newcastle is special, and Longstaff will continue to do that until at least 2025.

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