Speaking after Newcastle United’s most recent win in the Premier League over Brentford, midfield mainstay Bruno Guimaraes has put the speculations linking him to Real Madrid to rest, stating that he wants to become a legend at St James’ Park.
Guimaraes joined Newcastle from Olympique Lyon in January earlier this year. The Magpies, backed by their new owners, went aggressively for the Brazilian, who had been on the radars of Real Madrid and Juventus.
Despite his recent move to the Premier League, reports of interest from Real Madrid have continued to do the rounds in some sections of the media.
However, the Brazilian international himself has dismissed those rumours, stating that it is all just talk and he wants to stay at Newcastle and become a club legend.
As quoted by Lee Ryder of the Chronicle, he said: “Real Madrid is the best team in the world “It is nice. “But it is just a conversation, it is nothing.”
Further iterating his commitment to Newcastle United, the Brazilian international added: “I never doubted the project, I believe in it. I always wanted to play in the Premier League and I am now just enjoying that.
“The ground loves me and I love them. I want to keep going. I want to be a legend here.”
Guimaraes has quickly endeared himself as a fan favourite at St James’ Park, since joining Newcastle in January for around £40 million.
Having helped them stave off the threat of relegation from the Premier League last term, the 24-year-old is now leading Newcastle’s charge for a top-six finish and European football next season.
As for Real Madrid, Los Blancos have their sights set on a move for Jude Bellingham as the utmost priority to strengthen their midfield. So, it was always unlikely that they would pursue Guimaraes despite what has been speculated.
Real Madrid preparing ‘huge summer revolution’ with three mega targets
Real Madrid were relatively less active than usual during the recently-concluded winter transfer window, with the club not making any notable moves in the transfer market.
However, the coming summer could be an important one for the club, especially with a string of players having their contracts expiring at the end of the season. While the Merengues have already prepared for renewals, they are also keen on strengthening the squad by bringing in new players.
To that end, a report from Tomas Gonzalez suggests Real Madrid are planning for a ‘big revolution’ in the coming summer.
The Spanish champions have identified three top targets in the form of Jude Bellingham, Dusan Vlahovic and Josko Gvardiol. The club are determined to sign all three targets in the coming summer, as they look to shore up their options in every position.
Bellingham has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for quite some time now, with various reports claiming that the Englishman is the club’s priority target in the summer as they look to find a long-term replacement for Luka Modric.
As far as Gvardiol is concerned, the Croatian was one of the best-performing defenders in the World Cup. Although a centre-back by trade, Gvardiol’s ability to operate at left-back should make him an excellent asset for Carlo Ancelotti, who has struggled with depth in the fullback spots this season.
Vlahovic, meanwhile, was reportedly offered to Real Madrid during the summer transfer window. The Whites were not too keen on splashing the money in the middle of the season, but it appears they are considering a move for the Serbian in the summer.
Vlahovic will likely be considered as a direct replacement for Karim Benzema, who has had issues with injuries. The Frenchman, in fact, has recently suffered a knock in the game against Valencia and is likely to be ruled out against Mallorca on Sunday.