Asprilla reveals Newcastle academy plans

Tino Asprilla is eyeing a return to Newcastle United.

The Daily Mail says the 43-year-old Toon legend has claimed he is in talks with the club’s hierarchy to play a role at the academy and bring more Colombian talent and flair to Tyneside.

Asprilla, a controversial but popular member of Kevin Keegan’s Entertainers from the late 90s, told Radio Antena 2 in South America that he is looking to establish a link between Newcastle and Colombia to offer youngsters a chance in the North East.

He revealed: "A year ago I spoke with Newcastle’s owners about bringing over players from my coaching school in Colombia.

"It didn’t happen due to some requirements of the English league but then, during informal meetings with fans, I said I’d be interested in returning.

"That encouraged the owners and three months ago they invited me over. I’m motivated and I like the city. I often accompany the team when they are travelling in England. It is a significant opportunity and hopefully something will materialise."

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