Newcastle United’s most recent addition Bruno Guimaraes admitted that he was aware that he would be fighting relegation, but he chose to join the Premier League club because he believes they will soon become one of the world’s most powerful clubs.
The Brazilian midfielder joined Newcastle for £35 million from Olympique Lyonnais last month, one of four new additions in the first transfer window since the club was purchased for £305 million by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund in October.
Newcastle is the richest club in the world, with a fund worth an estimated $450 billion.
“They made no attempt to hide the fact that the main goal and task this season was to stay in the Premier League. They were quite forthright and truthful about it “In his Monday unveiling with the club, the Brazilian said.
“However, the goal for the next seasons is to be in the Champions League and, ultimately, to win the Champions League.”
Guimaraes, 24, might make his Newcastle debut against Everton on Tuesday, as the Magpies attempt to climb out of the relegation zone. Eddie Howe’s team is in last place in the rankings with 15 points, one point behind the safety zone.
“I have no concerns about my decision to come to Newcastle since it is a historic club with a fantastic tradition and a lovely history,” he stated.
“This is a club that will become a major force in world football.”
Newcastle’s total January spending was £72 million, including the loan signing of Matt Targett from Aston Villa. Guimaraes is the club’s second most expensive player of all time, behind fellow Brazilian Joelinton.