Newcastle star Sean Longstaff has admitted he was ‘distracted’ by discuss of a possible transfer to Manchester United this summer season.
Longstaff, 21, caught Rafael Benitez’s eye forward of the 2018/19 marketing campaign and made 13 appearances in all competitions earlier than a knee ligament harm minimize brief his season in March.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was instantly alerted to Longstaff’s potential and United have been weighing up a big-money transfer this summer season regardless of the midfielder’s lack of expertise within the Premier League.
However, solely Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka arrived by the doorways at Old Trafford and, when the transfer window shut, Longstaff was nonetheless a Newcastle participant.
On United’s reported curiosity, Longstaff instructed NUFCTV: ‘You can typically get distracted by the surface noise and perhaps for just a little bit in the summertime I was a bit.
‘It’s arduous to not everytime you go wherever you see your face on the entrance of a newspaper and also you flip the telly on persons are speaking about you.
‘And it’s not like they’re speaking about little issues, they’re speaking about issues that may change your life actually.
‘The expectation is half what I’ve performed and it’s most likely factor.
‘It does simply go to indicate I did impress folks after I obtained my likelihood final 12 months.
‘So for me it’s about not listening to them and sticking to what I do.’
Longstaff has revealed that conversations with Newcastle midfielder Matt Ritchie stored him ‘grounded’ amid the extraordinary speculation.
‘I speak to Matty Ritchie a lot, he’s somebody I lean on within the squad. He tends to maintain us grounded and he’s all the time there with good bits of recommendation,’ Longstaff added.
Sometimes you may get distracted by figures which are thrown on the market and also you’re doing belongings you wouldn’t usually attempt to do.
‘I think I spoke to him about it and he said the reason people are speaking about you is because of what you did and keep everything so simple and ticking along and you’ve obtained the opposite stuff there when you want it.
‘I’m not again to the place I was final 12 months however I’m getting nearer and nearer and I feel it’s nearly working arduous and getting again to that stage. The outdoors noise is one thing I attempt to not take heed to. It’s all the time going to be there now – there’ll be extra eyes on me now.’
Longstaff believes there’s nonetheless loads of room for enchancment as he works his means again to full health following his critical knee harm.
‘I’m solely going to get again to that stage with video games and it’s going to take a little bit of time,’ he stated.
‘The type of person I’m, I need to be there right away.
‘The manager has given us that reassurance it’s going to take a little bit of time.
‘I know there’s issues I can do higher however it’s all studying and I’m nonetheless younger.
‘I’m nonetheless having fun with it, I’m nonetheless going to be maintain working arduous on the pitch.’