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NUFC Managing Director Lee Charnley thanks Rafa Benitez for his patience during Almirón talks

Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley Credit: PA

Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley has spoken of his delight at securing the services of Paraguay international Miguel Almirón.

The 24-year-old joins the Magpies from Atlanta United and has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract at St. James’ Park.

I’m delighted to bring Miguel to Newcastle United.

He is a player who Rafa has wanted for a year and I appreciate he has had to wait longer than he would have liked. I would like to thank Rafa for his patience in waiting for a player he has coveted for so long.

Given Miguel’s performances both in MLS and for his country, it was a question of when Atlanta United were prepared to sell him and, when they were, achieving a deal that made financial sense for us."

– Lee Charnley, Newcastle United managing director