Eddie Howe reacts to Bruno Guimaraes' Newcastle United 'goodbye' gesture - Arsenal & Man City linked

Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Bruno Guimaraes gestured towards the travelling Newcastle United fans after the club’s 4-2 win at Brentford.

Bruno Guimaraes starred as Newcastle United won 4-2 at Brentford to secure a Premier League top seven finish.

The Brazilian set up goals for Harvey Barnes and Alexander Isak as the Magpies led 3-0 at half-time. Jacob Murphy was also on the scoresheet. Vitaly Janelt and Yoane Wissa pulled it back to 3-2 but Guimaraes put the result beyond doubt with a late goal.

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To mark the end of the 2023-24 campaign, the 26-year-old was serenaded by the travelling Newcastle supporters and some have voiced their concern after he waved both hands at the away end.

Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Guimaraes, whose £100million clause is valid until the end of June, has been linked with several European clubs - including Real Madrid, Arsenal and Manchester City - but Magpies’ boss Eddie Howe is hopeful of keeping the midfielder.

Asked if it was a goodbye wave, Howe smiled and said: “I don't think it’s a wave goodbye. I think Bruno probably does that many times but it can be interpreted in a way if the people watching decide that to be the case.

“Certainly from my side, I hope it’s not. He is integral to what we’re doing, an inspirational player and we’re desperate to keep him.”

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Howe also expressed his want to keep Alexander Isak this summer. The Swede ended the season with 25 goals to his name, becoming the first Newcastle player to reach that tally since Alan Shearer.

“They’re two outstanding players,” said Howe. “I’ve said many times this season that they can make the difference and they have made a difference for us in numerous games. But for me, it’s always about the team and how the team functions, and the team gives them a platform to play well.

“I think they’re suited to how we play, their involvement in the goals were top class but you can’t forget the teammates that have helped them. It’s been a real team effort all season, we’ve really struck together during the good and bad times. I can’t speak highly enough about the group of players we have.”

European football next season could be key to keeping both Guimaraes and Isak. Newcastle need Manchester City to beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final next week to secure a Europa Conference League spot.

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