Miguel Almiron: Newcastle signing says record fee is 'an honour'

Ex-Newcastle record signing Michael Owen has reservations over Almiron

Ex-Newcastle record signing Michael Owen has reservations over Almiron

After making his record-breaking move from Atlanta United to Newcastle United, Miguel Almiron has spoken with the English media for the first time.

The Paraguay worldwide, who scored 21 goals in 62 games and was named as MVP during his two seasons with Atlanta, is one of a number of players who have made high-profile moves from MLS to Europe in recent months, which in turn is having a positive impact on how the league is viewed around the world.

The £16m the Magpies paid to secure Owen's signing in 2005 stood as their highest ever spend on a single player for over 13 years, with the club refusing to follow the trend of rapid inflation that saw many of their top-flight counterparts dwarf the fee in the years that followed.

"Fitness-wise, I'm in good shape - before coming here our pre-season (at Atlanta) had started". My main aim is to settle in and get to know my team-mates.

"I am a player who tries to get my team playing around me and to help those team-mates each game too".

"Similar in England, you get a lot of good young players coming to play in the Premier League and it can only be good for both leagues".

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"It's been a hectic week and now I feel settled and happy to be able to train on a daily basis".

"I physically feel good and it's good to focus, working hard and learning the tactics", Almiron said.

The legendary striker also said he has watched Almiron in the past, and has challenged the 24-year-old to transpose his obvious talents onto the Premier League canvass.

"I'm really grateful for the way I've been welcomed by the supporters here". But I think with the help of my teammates in training and the manager, it's something I think I'll cope with, and they'll help me along the way. I really can't wait for the moment when I can turn out for the side here at home.

Asked about the fee he said: "First and foremost I see it as an honour".

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