Miguel Almiron dropped a “big hint” that he wants to quit Newcastle United and has sewn major dressing room disharmony as a result.

That is according to ex-Premier League striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider amid controversy surrounding the 27-year-old’s recent appearance on Paraguayan radio station ABC Cardinal.

Addressing Newcastle’s perilous league position, Almiron claimed that he wanted to play for a team that showed “more fight.”

Football Insider revealed last Saturday that several senior players are extremely unhappy with his comments.

Whelan emphasised the toxic atmosphere at the club and claimed that Almiron’s departure is now inevitable.

He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “It’s pretty much as big a hint at an exit as you can get.

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“He’s really criticising the players saying they’ve got no fight or drive. That will be interesting in the changing room after hearing that coming from one of your peers.

“There’s no harmony in that club at the moment, absolutely none. Manager on players, players on players, it doesn’t seem like they’re all together.

“Newcastle are really struggling and they might go down. There’s no togetherness there. They can prove me wrong by going out there and winning football matches but right now it’s desperate.”

Almiron signed for Newcastle from Atalanta in January 2019 for £20million in what was at the time a club-record deal.

He has gone on to feature on 82 occasions for the club, scoring 13 times and register five assists.

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