Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff picked Aberdeen over big clubs in England, according to Pittodrie manager Stephen Glass.

The 21-year-old has signed a season-long loan deal with the Scottish Premiership club as he aims to build on the potential he has showcased at English Premier League level with Newcastle United. Glass says Longstaff has landed where is best for his football progression. Aberdeen host Ross County in league action today.

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Longstaff has joined Aberdeen. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Glass explained: “For a young player, Matty has already played in a good number of high-profile games for a top club, against some of the biggest teams in England. We believe he is going to continue to make good progress here with us.

“We are pleased he has chosen Aberdeen to help him further his career, particularly as he had other high- profile options in England to consider. We’ve no doubt he will have a positive impact and will help us with the rest of our campaign.”

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Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce commented: “It’s happened very quickly over the last couple of days. I think we’ve said now for a good couple of weeks it’s important for young Matty to go and play some football. He had a difficult year for one thing and another last year so it’s a great opportunity for him to go and play.

“It’s quite as simple as that. I certainly haven’t heard of the Championship interest. There might have been interest, I’m sure. But the kid is desperate to go and play football. Aberdeen is a good club and a decent place to go and play so good luck to him.”

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