Florian Lejeune completes Newcastle United move

Florian Lejeune has completed his move from Eibar to Newcastle United for a fee of £8.5m.

French defender Lejeune has become the English side’s second summer signing after leaving La Liga side Eibar and linking up with former Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez.

The 26-year-old has penned a five-year deal with the Magpies that will see him play for the club until the summer of 2022.

Born in Paris, the central defender began his career in France, before spending time with Racing Club de France, Beziers, Sete and Adge.

He would then move to Istres and find success in Ligue 2, before moving to Villarreal where progressed through the B team.

After a loan spell back in France  with Stade Brestois, Lejeune then returned back to Girona, before moving to Eibar on a permanent deal in 2016.

“I’m very happy to have signed. Newcastle United is a big club, and I’m very happy to be here,” said Lejeune to gathered press.

“When you have a manager like Rafa Benitez who wants you, you are very happy to come. Since I’ve been in touch with the manager, it was an easy decision for me to come here.”

Manager Rafa Benitez added: “I would like to welcome Florian to Newcastle United. He is a player that has done very well this year in Spain. I have known about him for a while, since he began playing for Villarreal.

“He has progressed a lot as a player in the last few years and I know he will give us something different at the back – he is good with both feet, he’s big and he’s good in the air also.

“If he settles well into English football then I am sure he will be a success and will give us a lot of competition in this area.”

 

Source: La Liga News