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Almiron responds to Real Madrid rumours after seeing move from Newcastle mooted

13:08 GMT+3 27/06/2019
Miguel Almiron Real Madrid
The Magpies forward is among those said to be registering on the transfer radar at Santiago Bernabeu, but he sees little substance to the gossip

Newcastle forward Miguel Almiron claims to “know nothing” of the rumours linking him with a summer switch to Real Madrid.

The Paraguay international has only been on the books at St James’ Park since January.

A club-record £20 million ($27m) deal took him to the Premier League following a productive spell in MLS with Atlanta United.

His creativity has endeared him to the locals on Tyneside, although he is still waiting on a first goal for the Magpies.

A lack of end product in England has not stopped talk of Almiron potentially securing another move this summer, with rumours of interest from Madrid having surfaced.

The 25-year-old is unaware of where such speculation has come from and insists he is committed to the five-and-a-half-year contract he penned with Newcastle.

Quizzed on the Real talk, Almiron told reporters while away on Copa America duty: “I know nothing. I know nothing of it.

“Of course, for me it is an honour that a team of this size has an interest in my football.

“But, as I said, I do not know anything and now I’m focused on the Copa America and Newcastle.”

Almiron is currently readying himself for a meeting with Brazil.

Paraguay will be looking to him for inspiration in a quarter-final showdown on Thursday.

He is, however, aware that a collective effort, rather than individual performances, will be required in order to claim the shock scalp of the Copa hosts.

Almiron added on the challenge Paraguay face against the Selecao: “As a group, we try to better ourselves every day.

“It’s a new process, the manager has been here for only four months and we’re doing a wonderful job.

“I feel good in the team, I don’t feel like a leader but all of us are leaders.

“We don’t depend on only one player, that’s why we stand out.”

Paraguay failed to win any of their games in the Copa group stage, but did hold Lionel Messi’s Argentina to a 1-1 draw.

They progressed to the last eight as one of two third-placed sides to qualify, with a superior goal difference edging them above Japan in that tie-break situation.