Miguel Almiron addresses English media for first time since record deal

Miguel Almiron ‘ready to begin training with Newcastle

Miguel Almiron has revealed that he views being Newcastle United's record signing as an honour.

The Paraguay forward joined the Magpies on a 5-1/2 year deal from MLS champions Atlanta United a week ago.

"He is at a brilliant football club, and if he can do well there he will be absolutely loved", Shearer told Sky Sports.

"I think I'm the sort of player who tries to get my teammates playing, get those players around me playing, and tries to help them as well".

He said: "First and foremost, I see it as an honour, but it's something I try not to pay too much attention to". It's something that is secondary when it's compared to me helping the team. I aim to bring something to the group. I'm in good shape.

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"I really can't wait to play for Newcastle United". "We want to do well and we know the fans demand that of us".

Almiron will be available for selection for his new club on Monday, as Newcastle travel to Wolverhampton. I'd like to say I'm really grateful for the way I've been welcomed by the supporters. I've managed to do a bit of physical stuff here in the last few days, so I'm good.

"But not only do they give that to individuals, but to the whole team as well". I remember when they signed a couple of French players and sold a couple of them on for decent money - Sissoko being a good example.

Almiron, who has 13 caps, scored 13 goals and provided 13 assists to help Atlanta beat Portland Timbers to lift the MLS Cup on December 9 for the first major silverware in the club's short history but he has not played a competitive game since then.

"My fee was about £16 million - it gets reported as a couple of different figures - but you would have thought even in this day and age that moderate players can go for similar figures". As soon as I heard that Tata Martino [then Atlanta, former Barcelona and Argentina manager] had shown interest in me, I decided straight away.

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