Steve Bruce blasts Miguel Almiron’s agent as an ‘amateur looking to make a fast buck’ after Newcastle transfer claims
Nov. 20, 2020
Steve Bruce has launched a scathing attack on Miguel Almiron’s agent.
The Newcastle boss made his opinion of Daniel Campos clear after the Paraguayan’s representative recently claimed the playmaker was looking for a transfer away from St James’ Park.
Campos, speaking on Paraguayan radio station Futgol 970 during the international break, said: “If it wasn’t for the pandemic, he would’ve been elsewhere.
“Perhaps he would like to play on a team that has a lot of possession. Maybe in June, he’ll make that jump.'”
Those comments were put to Bruce on Friday, ahead of Newcastle’s clash with Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime – live on talkSPORT.
“If it was Almiron knocking on my door, I would listen,” he responded. “But it’s an agent trying to profit.
“An agent who, two years in, is probably trying to profit again and take him somewhere else, is just hugely disrespectful to all of us basically, and to the club in particular who have served Miguel so well.
“I will have a conversation with him of course, but Miguel is an unbelievable pro and has a great attitude to everything.
“But the agent proves to me he is an amateur looking to make a fast buck again, which is pretty ridiculous.”
Almiron is set to keep his place for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off against Chelsea but Bruce is definitely without Ryan Fraser, who pulled out of international duty with Scotland due to a hamstring injury.
Top scorer Callum Wilson faces a late test after limping off with a similar complaint against Southampton two weeks ago, while Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie are back in training but unlikely to be risked.
Bruce has questioned the decision to make the Chelsea clash a lunchtime kick-off so soon after an international week, and called for “common sense” to prevail given the increased number of slots available amid the pandemic.
“With the flexibility we’ve got now, let’s give a hand with this and sort it out,” added Bruce. “We went to Southampton on a Friday night and we knew we couldn’t get back after the game because the trains and airports were closed.
“In these Covid times, let’s have a little bit of common sense. These 12 and one o’clock kick-offs, I agree something needs to be done about that.”
talkSPORT will bring you live and exclusive coverage of Newcastle vs Chelsea on Saturday, kick-off 12.30pm
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