Newcastle make Bruno Guimares decision as Real Madrid eye Brazilian

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Newcastle United sporting director Dan Ashworth has stated in no uncertain terms that the Magpies are not planning to cash in on Bruno Guimaraes, despite interest from Real Madrid. Ashworth did leave the door ajar for a big-money bid to leave them no choice, however, having cited the need to trade and rebuild in the long term. 

Guimaraes was Newcastle’s marquee signing in their first transfer window with Saudi money at their disposal. The Brazilian was highly thought of during his time at Lyon, and his star has only risen further since completing a £40million switch to St James’ Park in January. 

Five goals in his first half-season has been followed up by three goal contributions in his first six Premier League matches this campaign and Real Madrid are supposedly alert to his situation. This week, the 24-year-old admitted that a conversation took place with Los Blancos during the summer but he insists that he feels at home in the north east. 

When asked about Guimaraes’ Newcastle future, transfer chief Ashworth suggested that Madrid will have to cough up a hefty sum to see the club willingly let him go. 

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“Absolutely I do not want to sell Bruno,” he told reporters. “He is a top player and a really important part of this journey. We try to manage our talent properly, we try to give them the journey, part of the vision, a part in building something and the connection with the supporters you’ve all seen.

“Ultimately, at what level would you sell him? If someone comes in and offers £500m would you take it? You have to trade. We have to be able to generate some money to reinvest and go again.

“Now, that might be players where the club has out-grown them, it might be players who are at a different stage of their career. It might be a certain city in the world, it might be a club, it might be a country.

“So even though the attractiveness of this club has changed – and I think we will be able to attract and hold on to our talent by having this journey, this improvement and being towards the top end of the league and competing for trophies – but I can’t lie to you and say we’ll never have to sell a player. That doesn’t happen anywhere.

“Liverpool sold [Sadio] Mane – you have to sometimes make a pragmatic decision to go, ‘Okay, we’ll do that because that’s a way of reinvesting in the football club’. But as a rule of thumb, I would like to think we’ll be able to hold on to our top talent in order to drive our ambitions of driving up the league and competing for cups.”

Under Eddie Howe, Newcastle have made a superb start to the season as they sit sixth in the Premier League. Just one defeat in their opening nine matches shows that serious progress has been made since the club’s drastic change of circumstances. 

And that could help them continue to attract top players in the transfer market, with the window set to reopen in January. Guimaraes is next expected to take to the field when Newcastle travel to face Manchester United on Sunday afternoon. 

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