Bruno Guimaraes makes fresh admission about his Newcastle United future amid Real Madrid talk

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Bruno Guimaraes is admired by La Liga giants Real Madrid - but the midfielder wants to become a Newcastle United legend.

Bruno Guimaraes remains fully focused on Newcastle United and will leave any transfer talk for his agent. The Brazilian is being monitored by Real Madrid after an excellent start to life in the Premier League.

Guimaraes revealed earlier this month that he held “a conversation” with the 14-time European champions but insisted “it is nothing”. The 24-year-old is under contract at Newcastle until 2026 and that could be extended soon amid talk of an improved contract in light of recent speculation.

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“It’s always nice when there are teams looking at you, but my plan is just to do my best at Newcastle,” Guimaraes told Sky Sports ahead of this afternoon’s clash against Tottenham Hotspur. “The rest, I leave with my agent. I have three or four years of contract left. It’s so long. I swear I’m not thinking about other things. My focus now is just on Newcastle and the World Cup.”

Guimaraes joined the Magpies in January for £35million plus add-ons from French side Lyon. At the time, Eddie Howe’s side were in the middle of a relegation battle but Guimaraes, plus new signings Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Dan Burn and Matt Targett, helped United surge to safety.

Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.  (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.  (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Fast forward to now and United are sixth in the top-flight table with just one defeat in their opening 11 matches. Howe’s side take on Tottenham in North London this afternoon (kick-off 4:30pm).

“I think it was one of the most difficult decisions of my life,” said Guimaraes. “To change country, to change leagues, and in a World Cup year as well. It was a really hard decision, but I think it was the right one. I’m so happy. It’s an amazing step. I feel like a Geordie now.

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“I always dreamed of playing in the Premier League but, honestly, I never thought it could be this good. I’m proud of what I’m doing, of myself and of the club, but it was a difficult choice.”

Guimaraes, despite making just 26 appearances for United so far, is already being spoken about as perhaps one of the best midfielders to wear the black and white shirt in terms of natural ability. Guimaraes had no hidden his desire to win trophies on Tyneside - and become a Newcastle United legend.

The former Athletico Paranaense star said: “For sure, it’s always a pleasure to hear things like that. It is one more motivation, but this is only my first full season at Newcastle. There is a long way to go. I love playing here, I love to bond with the fans, and I want to become a legend here.”

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