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Bruno Guimaraes can be Newcastle's answer to Yaya Toure after taking 'risk'

Bruno Guimaraes has admitted that he has taken a huge ‘risk’ in joining Newcastle United.

The midfielder signed for the Magpies from Lyon, costing a fee that could rise to £42million. It was Newcastle’s biggest signing of January, and the biggest statement made by the new owners.

He’s already a fan favourite at St James’ Park – and that was before his stunning backheel volley against Southampton.

We’ve seen glimpses of what Bruno can bring to Newcastle, who has started the club’s last three games. He’s getting better week after week, and will hopefully play a key role in the club’s bright future.

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And that is why the 24-year-old decided to join the Magpies so early in this ambitious project.

Bruno Guimaraes believes in Newcastle’s ‘project’

“It was a risk, but I also believe in the project,” Bruno told Globo Esporte (as translated by Sport Witness).

“The fans are passionate about the team, it’s different. We strengthened well. Next season I believe we will strengthen very well to seek, who knows, a spot in the Champions League, in the Europa League.

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“From now on, it’s a team to compete to be the Premier League champions. I believe a lot in the project and I hope that everything works out as it was passed on to me.

“Taking the example of Manchester City, Agüero, Yaya Touré and David Silva were names enshrined in the club’s history because they believed in the project from the beginning. Here we come, me and Trippier, who came out of Atlético Madrid as a champion.”

Bruno can become a Toon legend like Yaya Toure did at Manchester City

A lot of comparisons have been made to Newcastle and Manchester City following last year’s takeover.

Sheikh Mansour’s bid to buy Man City in 2008 transformed them as a club, and they’re now one of, if not the, best team in the world. With similar financial resources, it is hoped that Newcastle can do the same.

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But the project is still in its formative stages. If Newcastle do reach the top, fans will look back at the players who joined the journey early.

The likes of Kieran Trippier and Bruno took big risks to join Newcastle in January. If it hadn’t been for the takeover, they wouldn’t have dreamt about joining the Magpies.

But they’re Toon players now, and could become part of the spine of the new Newcastle United – similar to what Aguero, Silva and Toure did at the Etihad.

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Guimaraes can be Newcastle’s Toure. He’s a Premier League legend now, and will be immortalised in Manchester City’s history forever.

While they’re not necessarily the same type of player, Bruno can have the same kind of impact at St James’ Park.

The 24-year-old has taken a huge risk by joining Newcastle – but it’s a risk that will hopefully pay off for him. He’s already loving life on Tyneside, but things should get even better.

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