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Newcastle Midfielder Matty Longstaff Donated Some Of His £850-A-Week Salary To NHS Fund

Newcastle Midfielder Matty Longstaff Donated Some Of His £850-A-Week Salary To NHS Fund

Newcastle United youngster Matty Longstaff donated some of his salary to the NHS fund despite being one of the Premier League's lowest-paid first-team players.

Longstaff made his Premier League debut against Manchester United in October and scored the winning goal in front of the Gallowgate End.

He was making his first start in midfield alongside older brother Sean, who presented him with the Man of the Match trophy.

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The 20-year old has made a total of nine appearances this season, scoring against United again at Old Trafford, but it's emerged that the younger Longstaff is only on a modest £850-a-week contract.

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Still, that hasn't stopped him from donating part of his pay packet towards the NHS set up by Premier League footballers as the United Kingdom looks to halt the spread of the coronavirus outbreak that currently has the country in lockdown.

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All players should be applauded for their efforts but especially Longstaff given he's still on the same professional contract he signed in 2018.

That deal expires this summer and there has been no update on talks regarding a new contract, perhaps understandably given the current season.

But as it stands, Newcastle face losing one of their most promising youngsters for just a £400,000 compensation fee.

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Commenting on his future earlier this season, Longstaff said: "Obviously, I want to stay at Newcastle. But the biggest thing for me is just to carry on playing well, and that will take care of itself."

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