Rumours have been flying around that Real Madrid want to sign Miguel Almiron, and the player’s less than decisive comments, reported by the Daily Star, could be a worry for Newcastle fans.

Miguel Almiron has been a sensation at St James’ Park since signing for Newcastle near the end of the January transfer window, and his form has continued into the Copa America, currently taking place.

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Almiron, responding to the speculation about possible interest from the La Liga giants reportedly said: “For me it is an honour that a team like [Real Madrid] notice me.

“But I’m not aware of anything and now I’m focused on the Copa America and then at Newcastle.”

They are hardly the words of someone wanting to put an end to the talk, and committing his future to the Tyneside club.

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But a major reason he signed for Newcastle was Rafa Benitez, and the news of his departure has put a question mark against his, and some other Newcastle players, such was their admiration for the Spanish manager.

Fans will be desperate to see their record signing stay for the long-term, with his trickery and pace revitalising the Newcastle side after he signed.

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Any player would be flattered at being linked to one of the world’s biggest clubs, but he has only been on Tyneside for five months, and he should be dismissing these types of rumour out of hand.

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As upset and disappointed Almiron and his Newcastle teammates may be at Rafa’s departure, they will need to remember they are contracted to the football club, not the manager.

As such, they have a duty to honour their deals, and continue to give everything for whoever comes in to take over.

Fans will, of course, sympathise with the players, as they feel exactly the same as them, and the annoying thing for all, is this could have been avoided, by simply being reasonable and realistic, and agreeing terms to ensure that Benitez remained at the club.

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