New Toon forward Santiago Munoz has called his move to Tyneside a “dream” in an exclusive interview with The Athletic.
The Mexican striker arrived on loan with an option to buy in 18 months time, and will initially start in the club’s U23 set up after signing from Liga MX side Santos Laguna.
Fans were quick to realise that Munoz has a namesake – the leading character in the 2005 Hollywood film Goal who, ironically, also moves from Mexico and ends up playing for NUFC.
The 19-year old admits he knows about the links to the film, and says that it has always been his ambition to play in Europe and test himself in the Premier League.
Here’s what he’s told The Athletic after putting pen to paper on Tyneside, revealing that it’s a dream come true to sign for a Premier League side:
“It’s a dream that I’ve had since I was little.
“Just like one of my dreams was to come to Santos and debut in the first division. But (going to Europe) is also a dream that I’ve had since I was kid, a dream that I want to fulfil.
“My age won’t deter me from doing big things. I’m on to the next dream.”
“I’ve known about the links to the movie, but that’s something that’s peripheral to what I want to accomplish.
“It’ll be another source of motivation though.
“Honestly, it feels like everything has taken a long time [to make the move official].
“I’m a young player and perhaps I don’t enjoy getting involved in talks or anything like that. That’s why I’m so grateful for my family, who have represented me along with my agent.
“It took a long time and there were moments where I was frustrated because I didn’t know what was happening.
“My family also didn’t know if this was going to move forward or if things had stalled. But even though it’s taken a while, I’ve enjoyed the moment.
“It was exciting, and now that it’s a done deal, I’m really happy and really excited.
“I’ve never been (to England) but I can already imagine what it’s like.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the club’s facilities.
“From the talks that we’ve had (with Newcastle), they’ve told me that they’re going to support me. They know I’m young and they’re going to help with my continued development.
“I’m going to work hard.
“I know I’m really young, but that won’t deter me from doing big things (in England).
“I’m on to the next dream, but (Santos) helped me reach my first dream.”