Newcastle ace Guimaraes sorry Joelinton not in Qatar

Newcastle United star Bruno Guimaraes has expressed his disappointment that Joelinton is not with him at the World Cup.

Guimaraes has been called up to the Brazil squad for the tournament in Qatar starting this month.

However, Joelinton, who has been reborn as a midfielder at Newcastle in recent months, did not make the cut.

“I hoped Joelinton would be in the squad with me,” Guimaraes told Newcastle United’s pre-match program last weekend.

“He’s a great player, playing really well here at Newcastle.

“He’s a player who has helped me a lot since I arrived. We have a great friendship and I see him as my brother. I’m sad for him, but he’s still young and he’ll have other opportunities to play in other World Cups.

“I don’t think it will affect his career – he knows how to handle it. Of course I’m sad for him, but he can think about the next World Cup and continue doing what he’s been doing as he contributes so much here at Newcastle.”