Newcastle United supporters could hold Bruno Guimaraes key after 'not expecting' claim amid PSG transfer link

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Bruno Guimaraes is a reported £100million target for Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona

Bruno Guimaraes has thanked Newcastle United supporters for their unwavering support amid transfer speculation linking him to Paris Saint-Germain.

Since arriving from Lyon two years ago, the Brazilian has endeared himself to the St James’ Park faithful. From match-winning displays and exquisite on-field flair to his weekly rally to the crowd after a crunching tackle, Guimaraes has struck a unique bond with Newcastle fans.

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That love extends to his family, too, with his dad, Dick, regularly being mobbed by Toon supporters both home and away. The midfielder’s father, a former taxi driver in Brazil, is the reason why Guimaraes wears the unorthodox No.39 shirt, a reference to the number emblazoned on his cab.

The 26-year-old was the first marquee arrival of the Saudi-backed era, joining the Magpies in a relegation battle despite interest from Arsenal. A meteoric rise following his arrival resulted in Newcastle qualifying for the Champions League 18 months later.

Failing to replicate those heroics has triggered reports linking him with a move away. Paris Saint-Germain, the Magpies’ nemesis in European competition this season, are rumoured to be among the clubs preparing a £100million offer.

In a recent Premier League interview, Guimaraes has opened up about his relationship with Newcastle fans, whose adulation potentially holds the key for him staying beyond 2023-24. He said: "They (Newcastle supporters) have been amazing with me, my wife, my dad, my mum, with everyone. They sing my name every time.

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“This gives me a lot of confidence to play, to be myself. To be honest, I wasn't expecting it with the fans. I just want to say thank you to all of them."

Guimaraes also hailed Eddie Howe for developing him into one of the top flight’s best midfielders. The Toon boss eased him into Tyneside life before making the Brazilian the fulcrum of his Newcastle team.

"He's (Howe) very special to me," Bruno added. "When they signed me, I was at this (lowers hand) level. If I'm here (raises hand), it's because of him. He improved not just me, but the team."

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