Some explosive comments have emerged in the last few moments from Miguel Almiron’s agent.
Daniel Campos – the Paraguayan’s representative – claims that the Newcastle United No 10 “would’ve been elsewhere” if it wasn’t for the COVID-19 pandemic and says he may well “make that jump” and leave the club next summer.
Here’s what Campos has had to say about the 26-year-old’s future, telling radio station Futgol 970 that he received interest but ‘no offer’ from Atletico Madrid over the summer:
“Miguel’s work rate at NUFC & Paraguay has been great.
“If it wasn’t for the pandemic, he would’ve been elsewhere.
“Perhaps he would like to play on a team that has a lot of possession.
“Almirón received interest from Atletico Madrid, but no offer was made.
“When everything returns to normal, Miguel will take a leap in quality.
“Maybe in June, he’ll make that jump.”
It doesn’t sound like he’s the biggest fan of Steve Bruce’s brand of football, with the third line being pretty damning when it comes to our current style of play!
These comments come six months on from Campos claiming that he’d been in contact with Atletico Madrid – and that a “high” release clause exists in his current deal.
Here’s what he had to say back in July:
“We are in contact with the people of Atleti, with the director but nothing official.
“Even before his departure for Newcastle, he was already under the radar at the club.
“The quickness of social media allows for a long of things that aren’t true. It does not shock me that Miguel is in the interest of various big teams.”
“The truth is everything is a field of assumptions. We have to see if NUFC wants to negotiate a departure. Miguel’s release clause is high.”
“Miguel is a player that fits perfectly in Simeone’s system.”
Not exactly what we wanted to read today, but perhaps the result of our lack of direction under Steve Bruce – not to mention the fact he’s been played out of position (or left on the bench!) for several weeks now.