Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff admits that he was »diverted » by transfer speculation linking him with a transfer to Manchester United.
United held »high tech » talks with Newcastle earlier this summer on a possible bargain for the 21-year-old, who admitted at the time that he had been »flattered » by the approach.
But a movement failed to materialise for Longstaff, with United unwilling to meet Newcastle’s #50m valuation of the midfielder.
« You can sometimes get distracted from the external noise and, possibly for a small bit in the summertime, I did, » Longstaff told NUFC TV.
« It’s hard not to when you go anywhere and you see your face on the front of a paper or you turn the telly on and folks are talking about you.
« It is not like they are talking about little matters, they’re referring to stuff that could change your life, really. »
Longstaff was thrust into the spotlight when Rafael Benitez given him a debut as a substitute in a defeat to Liverpool .
Prior to a knee injury cut short his debut year he had opened his own Premier League account having a goal from Burnley in a 2-0 triumph.
After his rise to prominence, the midfielder found ways to manage the pressure.
« I try to remain exactly the same. The expectations stem from folks outside of their club. You speak to the supervisor and speak to the gamers on a daily basis and you know what they want, » he said.
« By the close of the day, as long as you’re doing exactly what they want and they are delighted with you, that is how it’s got to become. »
While his inventory has risen in his short career, Longstaff is still appreciating anonymity on Tyneside and admits one of his acquaintances does not recognise him.
« He was reading the paper and big Joe [Joelinton] was around the front and he stopped me and started talking, and I could tell he did not realise I’d played » said Longstaff.
« He was talking about how good Joe was and how good the outcome was Spurs. That I had to stop myself and then and I had been on it, also he turned the page he had been speaking about me.
« I thought,’I expect he’s not likely to slag me off here, I hope he’s not likely to batter me’, which was pretty funny, however, he said some nice stuff . »
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