Miguel Almiron insists he is “very happy” at Newcastle United amid speculation surrounding his future.
The possibility of Almiron leaving St James’ Park has often been talked up by his agent Daniel Campos in recent seasons, particularly when Steve Bruce was head coach.
Almiron, signed for £21million from Atalanta United in January 2019, excelled during his six months under Rafa Benitez but struggled to replicate that form under Bruce.
The 28-year-old had to be patient for his opportunity under Eddie Howe before ending last season strongly - starting eight of the remaining 11 matches.
That has carried in pre-season with Almiron netting braces against Gateshead, Burnley and Benfica to put himself firmly into contention for starting spot against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Potential exit talk has gone quiet - and Almiron insists his only focus is Newcastle United.
Miguel Almiron addresses his future
“I’m always very relaxed on that score,” the Paraguayan told the club’s matchday programme. “My head is always focussed on Newcastle United, I’m very happy here and I’ve always maintained that.
“From the very first day I arrived at the club, people have always treated me very well and so I’m always going to be very grateful to everybody at the club and all the fans for how they have treated me since day one.
“I’ve come here from far away and I will always value the love and affection that the Newcastle public have shown me. So, like I say, my mindset and attention is always on Newcastle.
“While I’m here at Newcastle, playing my football, for my part I will always have the right positive attitude and willingness to train hard to the best of my ability in an attempt to improve every single day, and to help my team and my fellow teammates as much as I can.
“So yes, I believe by doing that I will be helping the cause in some small way, for the rest of the lads and the team in general. It’s all about training as hard as you can so that things can keep improving.”
Almiron’s staggering release clause
Almiron’s agent Campos claimed in June the attacking midfielder has a £60million release clause in his United contract..
Campos said: “There are always rumours about players in the transfer market, however, we don’t have any definitive interest shown by any club.
“Usually, the clubs negotiate within themselves but don’t contact the agent. He has a release clause of £60 million.
“He is happy to stay at the club and most importantly, he is playing.”