"It's not hot there," was the telling response of Paris Saint Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe after being told he had been bought by Newcastle United.
Unfortunately for excited Magpies fans, Mbappe's move to the north east came on the Football Manager video game, engineered by team-mate Antoine Griezmann who was in charge of the Toon Army at the time.
Earlier this year the Atletico Madrid striker took to social media to show his Newcastle side winning the Premier League – something supporters will hope is an omen following Thursday's buyout.
He was then filmed explaining the success he had on Tyneside – winning five trophies in one season – another potential foreshadowing of what is to come.
His haul included both the Premier League and the Champions League, mirroring Amanda Staveley's ambition to make Newcastle a permanent presence in Europe and to win the top-flight.
As Griezmann self-proclaimed: "what a coach – I am the god of English football," French team-mate Ousmane Dembele was forced to admit: "you have no more to prove."
He then turned his attention to Mbappe.
"I have you in Newcastle, I bought you for €134m," he told the PSG ace.
Mbappe responded as laughter rang around in the background: "Newcastle? It's not hot there!"
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The Magpies might be flush with cash following their £300million takeover by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, but fans will have to wait a little long for players of Mbappe's ilk to rock up to St. James's Park.
Financier Amanda Staveley, who fronted the consortium, said the new owners are in it for the long-term and want to see Newcastle regularly compete for major trophies again.
That means a significant deal of restrengthening, but getting the club to where the fans and the owners want it to be will take time, something Staveley acknowledged to the Daily Mail.
"Do we want to win the Premier League within five to 10 years? Yes," Staveley said. "This takeover is hugely transformative. We want to see trophies. But trophies need investment, time, patience and teamwork."
"Of course we have the same ambitions as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain in terms of trophies," Staveley added. "Absolutely, but that will take time."
Signings of Mbappe's quality might take a little while to arrive in the north east, but Newcastle fans can now look forward to exciting times ahead.
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