Newcastle have announced a new five-year deal for star player Bruno Guimaraes on the two-year anniversary of the club’s Saudi takeover.
The Brazil midfielder has become a darling of the crowd at St James’ Park after joining the Magpies in January 2022.
His performances have caught the eye of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Real Madrid, who are keeping tabs on Guimaraes.
But the 25-year-old has now committed his future to Newcastle by signing a fresh terms until 2028 and professing his love to the club in an emotional statement.
talkSPORT understands Guimaraes will become the highest-paid player in Toon history and the deal includes a £100million release clause.
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted. The fans have made me feel at home since my first day here and I feel so loved in my life.
“I’m so happy here. It’s a place that is so comfortable to be and I hope to keep making the supporters happy and helping the team do well. That’s my goal, because there are no words to describe how happy I am to be here.
“I remember in my first interview, I said I wanted to play for this club in the Champions League and now it’s happening. We are doing so well and when I look around the pitch at my team-mates, I am so proud of them all. I’m proud of everyone; the team, the staff, the owners and the fans.
“The city believes again and it’s unbelievable what we have done for the team. I hope that this can continue. It’s amazing what has happened in my life in the last two years.”
Newcastle fans now have more reason to celebrate on the two-year anniversary of their Saudi-backed takeover in October 2021.
Guimaraes is one of several players who have helped take the newly-rich club from a relegation battle to the Champions League in that time.
Head coach Eddie Howe said: “I’m delighted to get Bruno signed and committed to the long-term future of the football club. He’s such an important player and he’s done so well since he joined the club. He’s been a huge success since he’s been here so I just hope that he can continue in that vein and carry on his success with us.
“I think he epitomises the recent success we’ve had. He’s put in so many good displays, he’s very consistent and he’s got a great personality off the pitch as well.
“He cares very deeply about Newcastle United and the success of the club and he’s got a great relationship with our supporters.
“He’s been a key signing for us – definitely the type of signing that we want to make.”
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