Bruno Guimaraes’ agent drops major hint at Newcastle United’s plans for next season

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Bruno Guimaraes has certainly bought into Newcastle United owners’ ambitious plans.

Newcastle United could push for the Champions League places in the Premier League next season.

That’s according to Bruno Guimaraes’ agent Alexis Malalvolta, who says part of the Brazilian’s reasons for joining the Magpies in January was to push for the top four once top-flight safety had been secured.

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After being restricted to five consecutive substitute appearances as he settled in following his £35million move from Lyon, the 24-year-old has started seven of the last eight games.

And his impact has been incredible - scoring four goals, despite not being necessarily signed to boost his side’s scoring tally. He’s also provided one assist.

Although on the radar of clubs currently competing in Europe, Guimaraes joined then relegation-threatened Newcastle after believing in the new owners’ lofty ambitions - as explained by his agent.

Bruno Guimaraes’ Newcastle ambitions revealed

Malalvolta told TuttoJuve: “He has always been very motivated to accept challenges, he never backs down. Bruno is delighted with the choice made, he feels good.

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“His goal was clear from the start, to help the team get out of the relegation zone and take them to the Champions League next season. And, why not, try to win the Premier League.

“He has already made it clear in his interviews that he went to Newcastle to be a legend like Alan Shearer. He wants to leave his name in the history of the club.”

Beating Juventus and others to his signature

According to Malalvolta, Juventus made contact with Guimaraes. But Newcastle caught the Serie A giants and several other clubs napping at the beginning of the year.

Malalvolta said: “Yes, there were really some contacts with Juventus. I can confirm that. January is a quick window to enter into negotiations, we couldn’t go too long.

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“We had to wait until halfway through the month to see some concrete movements. And Newcastle arrived, who got serious.

“Bruno couldn’t wait another six months to decide his future in the World Cup year.

“I agree, it was a transfer of great impact worldwide. It happened in a transfer window, the winter one, where usually little or nothing happens.

“He is very happy at Newcastle and is fulfilling his dream of playing in the Premier League.”

Eddie Howe’s side currently sit ninth in the Premier League after winning 10 of their 15 games in 2022, form bettered only by title-chasing Liverpool.

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