Deal talks 'ongoing' at Newcastle United

Steve Bruce says contract talks are “ongoing” with a clutch of Newcastle United players.

Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 5:00 am

The Gazette reported last week that winger Matt Ritchie and midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, under contract until 2021, had agreed new deals at the club.

Asked about new deals for Ritchie and Shelvey, head coach Bruce said: “I think there's contract talks going on with a few, so I believe that's the case. Ongoing seems to be the right word with all of it now.”

Bruce last week admitted contract discussions with midfielders Sean and Matty Longstaff had hit an “impasse”.

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Jonjo Shelvey.

“I will be kept abreast of the situation,” said Bruce. “But one thing I’m not going to get involved in nowadays is contracts. Back in the day, I had (rows) over contracts and money. Both sides have got to be happy and at the minute, there’s a bit of an impasse, but I’m confident we’ll still get it done.”