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.
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.