Lejeune signs for New­cas­tle

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS - LON­DON:

French de­fender Florian Lejeune has signed a five-year deal to join New­cas­tle United, the Premier League club said yes­ter­day. The 26-year-old cen­tral de­fender from La Liga club Eibar is Mag­pies man­ager Rafael Ben­itez’s sec­ond sum­mer sign­ing, for a re­ported 8.7 mil­lion pounds (9.9 mil­lion eu­ros). Ear­lier in the sum­mer Ben­itez signed Chelsea winger Chris­tian Atsu, who helped New­cas­tle win pro­mo­tion back to the Premier League dur­ing a loan spell last sea­son. Lejeune moves to New­cas­tle af­ter a long a spell in Spain that started with Vil­lar­real in 2011. He was signed by Manch­ester City dur­ing the sum­mer of 2015 but was im­me­di­ately loaned out to Girona, be­fore mak­ing a per­ma­nent switch to Eibar 12 months later. Said Ben­itez: “He has pro­gressed a lot as a player in the last few years and I know he will give us some­thing dif­fer­ent at the backhe is good with both feet, he’s big and he’s good in the air also.” —AFP

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