Steve Bruce discusses the future of Newcastle United's out-of-contract players

NINE Newcastle United players are out-of-contract at the end of the season, but it’s not a situation that concerns Steve Bruce.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Matthew Longstaff of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 26, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Matthew Longstaff of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 26, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

When asked about the impending end of young star Matty Longstaff’s current St James’s Park deal Bruce was in a bullish mood as he faces up to the prospect of losing a considerable chunk of his first-team squad for nothing in the summer.

“It doesn’t concern me because it is what it is. Every player has that right now,” said Bruce on Longstaff and the others' predicament.

“It’s their prerogative. If they’re not happy with their deal or whatever, then okay, we have to accept exactly what it is. That’s the situation we’re in.

“We’ve got a few players out of contract, but that’s probably true of a few clubs. It’s pretty normal.”

The likes of Federico Fernandez, Javier Manquillo and Karl Darlow’s deals are up in 2020.