Real Madrid chief responds to Bruno Guimaraes ‘interest’ as Newcastle United make stance clear

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There have been concerns one of the Magpies star men could be tempted away by an offer from the La Liga giants.

Real Madrid will not make a move for Newcastle United star Bruno Guimaraes as a replacement for Manchester United-bound Casemiro.

There had been speculation in recent days that the La Liga giants had identified the Brazil international as they look to fill the hole left behind by their long-serving midfielder.

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The 13-time Premier League champions have agreed a reported £60million deal for Casemiro and are now close to completing a move for a player that has won 18 major honours during a nine-year spell at the Bernabeu.

The 30-year-old midfielder has informed Ancelotti he wants a new challenge and has already said his goodbyes to his Real team-mates before flying to England to undergo and medical and finalise his move to Old Trafford.

With talk now turning towards a possible replacement, Real manager Ancelotti has delivered some good news for Magpies supporters after confirming he already feels he has players within his squad to fill the gap left by Casemiro.

Speaking on Friday morning, he said: “Casemiro is leaving but we have a lot of resources to replace him. There is no turning back, Casemiro has decided to try a new challenge. We want to wish him the very best.

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“Just yesterday I realised that Casemiro is leaving, but our plans don’t change - we’ll compete for everything with or without Casemiro.

“Replacement? We have signed Tchouaméni and he’s one of the best on the market. Then we have Kroos and Camavinga.”

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe addressed the speculation during his pre-match press conference as the Magpies prepare to host Premier League champions Manchester City this weekend.

“Absolutely not,” said the Magpies boss, when asked if Bruno could depart.

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“We’re trying to build a squad here that can make the club successful over the next few years. We want to enhance the group, not take away our best players.

“Regarding speculation, I’ve got no problem with that, as such. I think it’s a compliment to Bruno and how well he’s done for us.”

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