Steven Gerrard called Rafael Benitez to try and sign Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff on loan for Rangers


Steven Gerrard called Rafael Benitez to try and sign Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff on loan for Rangers

Rafa Benitez has revealed that Steven Gerrard tried to sign Sean Longstaff on loan for Rangers.

Longstaff is one of the highest-rated young players in English football and burst onto the scene with Newcastle last season.

Steven Gerrard was keen on bringing Sean Longstaff to Rangers on loan
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The 21-year-old was subject of intense transfer interest from Manchester United but a move never materialised.

Gerrard saw the potential of the young midfielder and wanted him in the Scottish Premiership last season.

Sean Longstaff has been a star for Newcastle
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Benitez, writing for The Athletic, said: “In the summer of last year, Stevie called me about Sean Longstaff.

“Rangers were interested and he asked whether they could sign him on loan, but I told him ‘no’ – he’d be staying at Newcastle United.

“Some people have said, ‘Oh, Rafa was lucky because of Longstaff’ but we’d been watching him and we were happy with him, we played him in the first-team, supported him and gave him confidence.

“Turning Rangers down is proof of what we thought of Sean.”