Steve Bruce reveals conversation with Isaac Hayden over his Newcastle United future

Steve Bruce says he’s had a “positive” conversation with Isaac Hayden about his Newcastle United future.

By Miles Starforth
Thursday, 25 July, 2019, 08:41

Hayden asked to leave for family reasons last summer – and again ahead of January’s transfer window – but then-manager Rafa Benitez told the midfielder that he had to stay at St James’s Park.

And the 24-year-old hinted at a change in his position while in China last week for the Premier League Asia Trophy.

Head coach Bruce – who signed Hayden on loan from Arsenal while manager of Hull City – spoke to Hayden about his situation after taking charge last week.

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Isaac Hayden.

“I’ve had a really positive conversation with Isaac,” sad Bruce. “That goes for a team that’s been together for a few years now. They’re a really good group, honest. It must have been a really difficult summer for them. They want to prove themselves.”