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Newcastle boss Benitez explains holding onto Longstaff

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is holding onto Sean Longstaff.

Longstaff has been one of the success stories of the summer with the Magpies after making the breakthrough in pre-season training and has done so well a loan move to Portsmouth was delayed in order for Benitez to take a longer look at the player.

Asked about Longstaff, Benitez said: “I think he's done well. He did well in the first game and physically he's fine.

“We don't have 22 or 23 players can replace (in a friendly).

“At Hull, we had to give 60 minutes to some players but you can't play all of them.

“In this case, Sean has a good condition and he as to play 90 minutes and he played really well."

“We want to give young players an opportunity."

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