The news late last year that Miguel Almiron was very keen to play for Newcastle United and he didn’t much bother that Newcastle were struggling with relegation.
His agent Daniel Campo attended the home game against Bournemouth that we won 2-1, and he got some very positive about Newcastle United, St. James’ Park, the fans, and the city in general.
Miguel says at that time he knew Newcastle was the club for him.
He also talked with former Newcastle player Diego Gavilan, and he got only positive comments from the Paraguayan.
Diego was brought to Newcastle by Sir Bobby Robson in 2000 and stayed three years and was mostly out on loan during that period: he played 43 times for Paraguay.
We thought Almiron would have asked about what Rafa’s future was before he signed on, but it turns out he didn’t do that.
Miguel Almiron and Martin Dubravka in training
Here’s what he said in the Chronicle today when asked about Rafa’s future:
“It’s not a topic we’ve discussed; the only things I’ve spoken to him about is me feeling comfortable and settling in quickly so I can bring something to the side.”
“The relegation battle is not something we’re thinking about at the minute; it’s about focusing on the positives.”
“We’re focused together and that will help me to bring what I can to the party.”
“Probably at the end of November towards the end of the MLS season (he knew Newcastle wanted to sign him in January) .”
“But at first I took it lightly and I didn’t want to get caught up in it.”
“I spoke to Diego Gavilan. We wrote to each other and he indicated it is an opportunity that you shouldn’t turn down and you should go for it.”
“Of course I spoke with my family too but my mind was already made up at that stage, once I knew Newcastle were interested in me.”
“I spoke with my team-mates, my advisers and my agent; they came over here in advance and had a look at the city.”
“They sent back good reports, and I had the same from team-mates at Atlanta, and those reports have been proved true as I’ve had a warm welcome since I arrived here.”
There was news today that the two major candidates for Rafa’s job if he leaves this summer are Brendan Rodgers and David Wagner.