Steve Bruce hits out at Miguel Almiron’s agent over exit claims

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has hit out at winger Miguel Almiron’s agent for his recent comments about the Paraguay international’s future at the club.

Daniel Campos suggested Almiron would have left Newcastle during the summer had it not been for the COVID-19 outbreak, with Inter and Atletico Madrid both registering their interest in the 26-year-old.

Almiron’s agent suggests he is ready to leave during the summer / Visionhaus/Getty Images

The agent also hit out at Newcastle’s poor standing in the Premier League, and Bruce was clearly unimpressed to hear such comments from none other than the player himself.

“I couldn’t remember the quotes because they were so outrageous it bordered on the ridiculous,” Bruce admitted in quotes released by BBC Sport. “If it was Miguel, who I’ve had the pleasure of working with for the last 15 months, knocking on my door and having a problem, I would listen.

“An agent who, after two years, is probably trying to take advantage again and take him elsewhere, basically for all of us and especially for the club that has served Miguel so well.

Bruce felt the comments were amateur / Robin Jones / Getty Images

“I would definitely have a chat with him, but Miguel is an incredible supporter and has a great attitude towards everything.

“But the agent proved to me that he’s a hobbyist looking to make a quick buck again, which is pretty funny.”

Despite Bruce’s defiant stance, sources have confirmed to 90 Minutes that Newcastle are aware of Almiron’s interest in a move away from St James’ Park, and would be willing to listen to acceptable offers.

Almiron fails to live up to expectations / Robin Jones / Getty Images

The Magpies have been impressed by the return of their £21m club-record signing, who moved from North America in January 2019. Elmiron has managed just nine goals and five assists in 62 appearances for Newcastle, although much of his performance – statistically, anyway – has been attributed to the team’s style of play and the role he has been asked to play. has gone

Newcastle are reluctant to accept a significant loss on Elmiron and have put a £20m price tag on his head over the summer. A figure who appeared to deter potential suitors.

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