Sean Longstaff has spoken of the distraction of being linked with a move to Manchester United.
The 21-Year-old midfielder, was apparently one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer top targets this summer.
In an interview with Newcastle Uniteds in house television channel NUFC TV, reported by Sky Sports, Longstaff admits that the speculation and rumours were a distraction.
It is understood that both clubs held discussion with the intensions of negotiating a transfer.
But talks broke down when Manchester United determined that Newcastles 50 million pound asking price was too much for a player that had only played a handful of Premier League games.
“You can sometimes get distracted by the outside noise and, maybe for a little bit in the summer, I did.”
“It’s hard not to when you go anywhere and you see your face on the front of a newspaper or you turn the telly on and people are talking about you.”
“It’s not like they’re talking about little things, they’re talking about stuff that can change your life, really.”
Newcastle native, Longstaff, is happy at his boyhood club and is learning to cope with the added pressures as his reputation grows.
“I try to stay the same. The expectations come from people outside of the club, really.”
“You speak to the manager and speak to the players on a daily basis and you know what they want.”
“At the end of the day, as long as you’re doing what they want and they’re happy with you, that’s how it’s got to be.”
He does admit that he shys away from the limelight and simply enjoys doing is best on the football field for his team.
An encounter with a neighbour demonstrates his low profile approach to life outside of the game.
“He was reading the newspaper and big Joe [Joelinton] was on the front and he stopped me and started speaking, and I could tell he didn’t realise I’d played.”
“He was talking about how good Joe was and how good the result was at Spurs.”
“He turned the page and I was on it, and I had to stop myself from laughing, and then he was talking about me.”
“I thought, ‘I hope he’s not going to slag me off here, I hope he’s not going to batter me’, which was pretty funny, but he said some nice things.”
The player fits all the criteria of a new United player under Solskjaer.
50 million will not be a problem.
Newcastle have told Manchester United they will have to pay £50m for midfielder Sean Longstaff. pic.twitter.com/pVngoyFYuG
— Transfer News (@TransfersLlVE) July 12, 2019