Bruno Guimaraes Scores On And Off The Field
A superb backheel goal, and even better comments off the pitch about Newcastle.
Newcastle United's Bruno Guimaraes scored his first goal for the club in style, flicking the ball in the back of the net with his heel at Southampton.
The goal came on the midfielder's first start for the club after having joined in the January transfer window.
It was a goal that belonged in the Champions League, the stage Guimaraes is aiming to reach with Newcastle.
"If a club has a project and wants to aspire to the maximum, then it's going to involve winning the Champions League," he told Sky Sports. "It's the biggest club competition in the world and obviously we're keen on winning the Premier League as well."
The goal lifted Newcastle to a 2-1 victory, and extended the magpies' unbeaten streak to 9 matches. It's a good thing they haven't lost since Guimaraes joined on Tyneside.
"I don't like losing," Guimaraes says. "The next two days after a defeat are really hard on me. When I lose, I'm just praying for the next matchday to come around in the hope that we can win and banish those feelings."
The £40m midfielder is also scoring off the pitch, winning over hearts and minds of Newcastle supporters. He told Sky: "Since I've arrived, it's been incredible and I'm so happy to be here. I'm anxious to play more.
"The fans here are really incredible, I'm very lucky. When I walk down the street, I take pictures with the fans and I've spoken with them a little. It's very important for me to do this."
Toon fans will also be glad to hear that Guimaraes chose their team over some other high-caliber squads.
It was well reported that Arsenal were interested in the midfielder, while Guimaraes was also watched by Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.
When the 24-year-old sealed his move to Newcastle, he posted an arrival video teasing those Arsenal talks - but he now says the Magpies' ambition was too good to turn down.
"I did speak to some other clubs," he reveals when asked about the Arsenal interest. "But the only concrete offer came in from Newcastle and I really wanted to come here. I've always wanted to play in the Premier League and on top of that it was the start of a new sporting project for the club."
Newcastle's next match is against Chelsea. It will be the biggest test of their unbeaten run so far with the Brazilian in their team.