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Miguel Almiron hopes Rafa Benitez will prove to be another Tata Martino

5 days ago
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All eyes are on Molineux tonight, as we wait to see whether Miguel Almiron gets his first action for Newcastle United.

With Newcastle above the relegation zone only on goal difference, it will be a high pressure environment if the Paraguayan international does get his chance.

Talking about his move, Miguel Almiron says that it was late November when he first was told about Newcastle’s concrete interest in signing him.

His agent Daniel Campos was spotted at St James Park on 10 November 2018 when Newcastle beat Bournemouth and following that game, he (Campos) confirmed that he was looking for a move to the Premier League on behalf of Almiron.

The player says that he thinks/hopes that his relationship with Rafa Benitez will be similar to the one he had with  Tata Martino.

He was Almiron’s manager for the two years he spent at Atlanta United and indeed Martino also left Atlanta at the end of the 2018 season. Like Miguel Almiron, he was also recognised for the job he’d done at Atlanta and was appointed manager of the Mexican national team.

The playmaker/number 10 believe that Rafa Benitez can be a ‘positive influence’ now on his career and help give him ‘confidence’ as he now faces the step up to Premier League football.

Miguel Almiron speaking to Sky Sports:

“I think that the interest from Newcastle was the firmest interest, and their position was the most concrete position I was aware of.

“As soon as you realise Rafa Benitez, with his career and experience, is interested in you, it’s a decisive factor in that.

“From the word go, he showed great interest in me. It was a big moment, not just for me but for my career as well, and I was really happy.

“Any player would feel the same when a manager like Rafa gets in touch with you and shows interest in you. It’s a really positive move for my career.

“So far in my career, all of these relationships have been professional coach-player relationships. Maybe I envisage the one I’ll have with Rafa Benitez will be similar to the one with Tata Martino [who was manager at Atlanta United].

“I think what I hope to gain from Rafa, the great manager that he is, is he can give a positive influence and confidence on my career. I think he gives players confidence to go out there and perform.

“It was towards the end of November, that’s when I first found out about it. I was told about the interest from Newcastle.

“It was exciting but you try to take it lightly and put it out of your mind to stop yourself from getting anxious and driving yourself crazy about what might happen. If it comes off, fantastic; if it doesn’t, just be patient.

“They’ve been quite tough, the last few days. It’s been very busy, getting a lot of things done visa-wise, and all I wanted to get started doing was training.

“Now I’ve managed to do that and everything’s settling down a little bit.”

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