Bruno Guimaraes has revealed he spoke to fellow Premier League Brazilians Thiago Silva, Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles about his move to Newcastle United.
The 24-year-old was on international duty with the trio when in the process of finalising his £33.5million move from Ligue 1 side Lyon.
Silva, Jesus and Telles have all played at St James’ Park already this campaign with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United respectively - and all three had the same thing to say.
‘One of the most difficult away fixtures’
Guimaraes revealed: “I spoke to Thiago Silva, Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles and they told me how difficult it is to play away at Newcastle given how passionate the fans are.
“I’ve heard it is one of the most difficult away fixtures in the league. I didn’t have to think twice about coming here.
“As I said before, I am really happy to be here and I’m really looking forward to experiencing the atmosphere of the Premier League and Newcastle.”
The Claudio Cacapa approval
However, perhaps the most surprising vote of approval came from former defender Claudio Cacapa.
The 45-year-old - now a coach at Lyon - spent two somewhat unsuccessful years on Tyneside, and is largely remembered for being subbed off during a 4-1 defeat at home to Portsmouth after a nightmare opening 18 minutes.
Guimaraes said: “I’d like to send my best regards to Mirandinha.”
Mirandinha was the first Brazilian to represent Newcastle in 1987.
He added: “I’d also like to mention Claudio Cacapa, he’s a coach at Lyon and I’ve spoken to him a lot about coming here.
“He is someone who helped me in my decision to come here. So, warmest regards to Claudio as well.”