The Newcastle United Blog | The star midfielder aims to take Newcastle to the next level

Newcastle are getting back to work very soon to prepare for the campaign ahead. Eddie Howe will have two new faces through the door in Nick Pope and Sven Botman, who is expected to complete his move next week.

The triggering of Matt Targett’s call option was the first summer activity. The left-back’s January loan move was made permanent earlier this month. A decision fully endorsed by Bruno Guimaraes.

Guimaraes gave an exclusive interview to The Shields Gazette’s Dominic Scurr in which he reiterates his joy at his January move to Tyneside. Here’s some of what the 24-year-old had to say about the decision and his goals for next season and beyond:

“It’s amazing what we’ve done. It was a big decision in my career to come here when the club was in relegation [zone]but a great decision and the best decision for me because we did so well.

“I had to wait [to start] but it’s been amazing to help the team in this way.

“It was difficult at times but we did our job. We are happy and the most important thing for me and for the club is that we tried and we got it.

“I’ve improved a lot as a player since I’ve been here. The Premier League is a different challenge for me but I’m really happy and I think it’s been the best season of my career.

“I like the challenge, everything has been amazing and I’m really looking forward to next season.

“I hope next season we can watch the Europa League and I want to play the Champions League here, but we’ll take it step by step.

“The trust of [last] It’s been an amazing season, the guys have worked so hard and we’re very happy with where we are and where we’re going.

“I want to be a legend here, win trophies and help the team become the best it can be.”

Newcastle are off to a great start to the transfer window assuming there are no setbacks with Botman. Bruno will know everything about the Dutchman having faced him three times when he was at Lyon.

It’s signings like Guimaraes and Botman that will take Newcastle to the next level. It could start this season with a battle for a place in Europe.

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