Guimaraes backs Newcastle to become ‘big power in world football’

Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes is convinced that his new club will become a “big power in world football” in the coming years.

The midfielder signed for Newcastle United during the January transfer window. They paid around £35m to bring him in. He was previously linked with their Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Speaking on his move to the Magpies, Guimaraes said: “We are definitely going to be a club that is going to be a big power in world football.

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“This is an historic club with a great tradition and a beautiful history, I have no doubts about my decision to come to Newcastle.”

Despite his confidence in what may lie ahead, Guimaraes is aware the short-term aim is much more prosaic and his new employers head into Tuesday night’s Premier League clash with Everton still entrenched in a fight for top-flight survival.

Asked how the project had been outlined to him, he said: “They were very up front and honest about it. They didn’t disguise that the main objective and challenge was remaining in the Premier League this season.

“But in the seasons coming, the objective is to be in the Champions League and eventually to win the Champions League.

“I believe in the project, I believe in everything they spoke to me about and I am really happy to be a part of this project.”

Guimaraes, who will wear 39 on the back of his shirt – the number of the taxi his father drove for 20 years – will hope to make his debut against Frank Lampard’s Toffees amid what is sure to be a raucous atmosphere at St James’ Park, although having been told what to expect by Brazil team-mates Thiago Silva, Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles.

He said: “They told me how difficult it is to play away at Newcastle given how passionate the fans are, that it’s one of the most difficult away fixtures in the league, so I didn’t have to think twice about coming here.”

Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe was delighted to land a player whose calmness and football intelligence he believes can significantly strengthen his team, and if he can produce anything like the form of the players he idolised growing up.

Asked which Brazilian player he most closely resembled, Guimaraes said: “In terms of Brazilian players I’m quite similar to, it’s difficult. I’d say two Spanish players I’ve always been inspired by, Andres Iniesta and Xavi.

“In terms of Brazilian players that I have always been a huge fan of, it’s Ronaldinho – but we’re very different players.”

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