New Magpie plays down row

04 July 2008 09:33
Newcastle United's new signing Jonas Gutierrez insists he is not concerned by reports that his former club are ready to take legal action following his move to St James' Park. The Argentina international agreed a five-year deal with the Magpies on Wednesday after taking advantage of FIFA's Article 17 rule and buying himself out of the remainder of his contract at Real Mallorca. The Magpies are reported to have paid less than the £8million transfer fee quoted in stories to sign the winger and the Spanish club are furious with the situation. Mallorca are believed to have rejected a bid of around £8million from Portsmouth for the player in the January transfer window. But despite the possibility of a legal challenge, Jonas insists he has a clear conscience over his move to England. "I am not worried by the actions of Real Mallorca," he told the Newcastle Journal. "I just want to play for Newcastle in the Premier League." Meanwhile, the Magpies have been linked with a move for a second Argentina international. Manager Kevin Keegan has reportedly set his sights on luring attacking midfielder Pablo Aimar from relegated Spanish side Real Zaragoza.

Source: ESA