Newcastle United have announced the deadline day signing of Rodrigo Vilca from Deportivo Municipal.
The Peruvian playmaker has put pen to paper over a four-year contract and will “initially” link up with our under-23 side, according to the club’s official statement.
Here’s what the 21-year-old told NUFC.co.uk following his arrival at Newcastle United:
“At the beginning, I could not believe the opportunity to jump directly from Peru to a Premier League club. The process had a lot of phases, with all this Covid disaster, so it has been a rollercoaster of emotions.
“I have cried with emotion, not once but several times, because there have been different milestones. At times I have been tense, but now i am very happy and I hope to have a long and successful time in Newcastle.
“It seems a very nice city, the hotel has a very nice view (of the Tyne and Millennium bridges) and I hope to train as soon as possible now. I don’t want to lose time – I want to be ready!”.
Although the fee paid is not mentioned in the club statement, it’s been widely reported that we’ll pay around £250,000 for the no.10.
Here’s what Chris Hogg – our lead player development coach at U-23 level – has had to say following his arrival:
“We’re delighted to have Rodrigo here. He’s an exciting attacking player, and we’ll be hoping to see that attacking ability.
“We’ll be looking to give him the opportunity to improve with us and be a part of Newcastle United’s future.”
Here’s hoping he can do an ‘Ayoze Perez’ and become a first-team player before long – although we must manage our expectations following the big step up from Peru to the Premier League.
Welcome to Tyneside, Rodrigo!