Bruno Guimaraes wants to play Champions League football with Newcastle United.
Bruno Guimaraes believes Newcastle United can surprise the Premier League’s top six this season – but refuses to press the Champions League.
The Brazil international has spoken at length in the past about selling a dream top-four finisher at St James’ Park.
And while ambitions at the top of the club remain fixed on that target, it is seen more as a mid-term target, rather than a pressing target, 2022/23.
It’s a sentiment shared by former Lyon midfielder Guimaraes.
Speaking from Austria, Bruno said: “We can surprise other teams. We have the quality for that, the coaches. So we can do that.
“We are working to do our best.
“Of course we dream of the Champions League. But we know it’s step by step, we don’t need to put that pressure on ourselves.
“It’s just the beginning, we know the big six also have very good teams.
“But I’ve said it before, the Premier League is the toughest league in the world and we know that if we take it step by step, we can get there.”
United will need to add quality en masse in order to achieve that goal of making the Champions League and competing for trophies over the next five years – and other deals like bringing in Sven Botman this summer will be needed to closing the gap with even Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
Guimaraes however believes quality also comes from within, particularly around him in the midfield department with Sean Longstaff, Joe Willock and Joelinton all rising to prominence, of late.
“We have very good midfielders in the team and I think the coach will be very worried about places because all the players are playing well. So it’s a good problem for him,” Guimaraes said.
“And I’m sure whoever plays will do their best for Newcastle.”
Players are often pigeonholed by fans or characterized in a certain role and many have had Bruno written off as a defensive midfielder upon their arrival.
However, five goals and his career-best tally in Europe proved that characterization to be a myth.
Speaking about his role, Guimaraes added: “I like playing No.8 but I can also play No.6. Last season I scored five goals, I didn’t score that many (before) “My job is to work for the team. If I can score that’s fine too, but that’s not my job.
“I know the fans put pressure on ‘Bruno, Bruno, mark, mark’ but that was never my job. If I can, I’ll take it.