Atlanta United release classy statement on Miguel Almiron transfer to Newcastle – Confirming it sets new MLS record
Atlanta United have released their own official statement after Miguel Almiron was officially unveiled at 2.30pm (UK time) as a Newcastle United player.
Whilst the transfer is a new Newcastle United club record fee.
Atlanta United also confirmed that it is a new MLS record fee for a player sold by a club in America.
Their classy statement praises every aspect of Miguel Almiron’s involvement with the club.
Everything he has given the MLS club off the pitch, as well as on it.
Not forgetting the record transfer fee banked!
Whilst many clubs look to add extra star quality via signings such as Rooney, Lampard, Beckham and Ibrahimovic.
Atlanta United believes their investment in Miguel Almiron these past two years, validates the alternative route they are taking, signing promising younger players and helping them to develop, with the eventual aim of selling them on to clubs in Europe, then reinvesting the money, thus helping the club to progress and get stronger.
Atlanta fans appear to be overwhelmingly supportive of this policy as well and in comments we published earlier, it sounds as though Newcastle United have instantly become the best supported Premier League club in Atlanta.
Thank you Miggy! All of us at the Club wish you great success at Newcastle United.
Howay the Toon!https://t.co/I8vbt1b3lS
— Darren Eales (@DEalesATLUTD) January 31, 2019
Atlanta United Official Statement after selling Miguel Almiron to Newcastle United:
Atlanta United today announced it has transferred Miguel Almirón to Newcastle United of the English Premier League for an undisclosed fee that breaks the league’s all- time record.
Since joining prior to the club’s inaugural season in 2017, Almirón was a two-time MLS Best XI selection, a two-time MLS All-Star, the 2017 Newcomer of the Year and a two-time finalist for the Landon Donovan MVP award.
“First and foremost, we want to thank Miguel for two incredible years with Atlanta United, culminating in winning MLS Cup last season,” Atlanta United President Darren Eales said.
“When we recruited Miguel, we knew he was a fantastically talented player, who could achieve success in Atlanta, develop his game further, and, if he wished, move to a top European League.
“Two years later, we couldn’t be happier with what Miguel has contributed to the club, and that he is realizing his dream of playing in the Premier League.
“He is a committed athlete who gives his all to the game and is loved by our fans as a player and as a person. We wish him nothing but the best in his career.”
In two seasons, Almirón appeared in 70 matches across all competitions and scored 22 goals with 30 assists. He was one of only two players to be selected to the MLS Best XI list in both 2017 and 2018, joining teammate Josef Martinez, and was the only player in the league to be named a finalist for the MVP award in each season.
During the 2018 season, Almirón scored a career-high 12 goals and added 14 assists. He finished second in MLS MVP voting behind Martinez. In addition to the Best XI and All-Star selections, Almirón was named the MLS Latin American Player of the Year, the MLS Player of the Month in April and was a seven-time MLS Team of the Week selection.
In the 2017 season, Almirón scored nine goals and added a team-high 14 assists during his first season in MLS. Like 2018, he was voted an All-Star, a Best XI selection, and a finalist for the MVP award, while winning the league’s Newcomer of the Year.
He was also named the No. 1 player on MLS’ 24 under 24 list in 2017. He was also a two-time MLS Player of the Week, seven- time selection to the MLS Team of the Week, and won MLS Goal of the Week on three occasions.’
“This is also a landmark day for Atlanta United,” said Eales.
“We not only shattered the league transfer fee record, but gave proof of concept for our original club model of signing top young players and giving them a chance to thrive and develop.”
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