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Eddie Howe is not willing to discuss the possibility of Bruno or Isak leaving Newcastle.

The Brazilian midfielder Guimaraes has been linked repeatedly with Paris St Germain in recent months, while Swedish striker Alexander Isak, who was this week named on the shortlists for the Premier League Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards, has been touted as a summer target for Arsenal and Tottenham. However, when asked if he expects both players to remain at St James’ Park next season, head coach Eddie Howe replied: “Yes, I do. I’m planning for them to be here. All my planning is with them in the squad.” 

Guimaraes, who arrived from Lyon for £35 million in January 2022, and record signing Isak, who cost the Magpies £63 million when he joined from Real Sociedad two summers ago, have been hugely successful on Tyneside. Isak, in particular, is in a rich vein of form and has scored 24 goals this season, 20 of which were in the league, including last weekend’s 4-1 win at Burnley. 

In an interview, Howe said that they signed Isak knowing that he was young and they wanted to develop his talents and give him an opportunity to showcase what he could do. He added that it was a long-term thing that they started with him, and he has seen him flourish this year. Howe hopes that Isak will continue to enjoy the environment and the team that he is playing in for many years to come.

Newcastle Chief Executive Darren Eales’ admission earlier this year that Newcastle may have to trade in the future to comply with Premier League profit and sustainability rules after a £400 million spending spree has created the perception that they may have to offload some of their biggest names. Howe, however, stated that they are looking to build a successful team and to do that, they don’t want to sell their best players. He said that it would knock them back considerably if they had to sell their best players, and they would have to start again. 

Howe also acknowledged that difficult decisions may have to be made at some point, but he is confident that he and the ownership will come to the right conclusions for the club. Speaking as he prepared his team for its final home game of the season against Brighton on Saturday, he said, “There is no part of me that will ever go against the club, and there is no part of the club who would willingly go against me if they didn’t think it was the right thing for the long-term future.” 

Meanwhile, full-back Kieran Trippier will hope to prove his fitness for England’s Euro 2024 finals campaign this weekend after returning to training following a two-month lay-off with a calf injury.


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