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Almiron: It’s an ‘honour’ to be Newcastle’s record signing

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

The 24-year-old playmaker joined the Magpies in a £21 million deal from MLS side Atlanta United just before the end of the January transfer window. Almiron’s move broke Newcastle’s long-standing transfer record, which had been in place since the signing of former England international Michael Owen from Real Madrid in 2005.

However, Almiron has insisted he is not overly concerned by his price tag and is instead focused on helping his new team.

“First and foremost I see it as an honour. It’s something that I try not to pay too much attention to,” Almiron said at his official unveiling.

“It’s something that it secondary when it’s compared to me helping the team.

“As players of this club, Newcastle United, which has so much history, that is pressure in itself in terms of wanting to do well.

“We know what the fans demand of us, but it doesn’t concern me overly. I’m just going to focus on playing.”

Almiron may feature for Rafa Benitez’s side when they face Wolves away in the Premier League on Monday night, although the Paraguayan international may still be short of fitness with the MLS season having finished in December.

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