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Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is not giving up on Matty Longstaff.
The 20-year-old became a free agent this month after talks stalled between the Magpies and his representatives.
Longstaff, who scored the winner on his Premier League debut against Manchester United last year, has attracted interest from home and abroad.
But Bruce is encouraged by the fact the midfielder has yet take up any of the options available to him.
Serie A outfit Udinese have offered Longstaff a lucrative package which is worth up to £30,000 a week despite his lack of top flight experience.
And both Sheffield United and newly-promoted Leeds are keeping a close eye on his situation.
But Bruce is still hopeful his personal relationship with Matty and his big brother Sean could yet persuade him to stick at St James' Park
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Though he was disappointed not to be involved more after football re-started in June, Longstaff remains on good terms with his manager.
Despite Newcastle not due back for pre-season training for another week, the Toon chief has kept in touch with Longstaff, reminding him that it was he who gave the England Under 20 man his big break.
Bruce claims the club have offered him excellent terms and insists that despite the imminent arrival of former Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick, he remains very much part of his long-term plans.
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