Newcastle completed the signing of Florian Lejeune from SD Eibar on a five-year deal for a fee of around £8.7m. Here’s everything you need to know about the defender:
Florian Lejeune signed for Newcastle from Spanish team SD Eibar who finished 10th in La Liga last season. Lejeune played a crucial part in Eibar’s season, playing 34 games with 174 recoveries and 191 clearances.
The 26-year-old Paris born defender, began his youth career in Paris however in 2011, he left France for Spanish club Villarreal, but was placed in the B team. He played 36 games for the Villarreal B team and only five games for the first team.
In 2013 he was loaned to Ligue 1 side Stade Brestois 29 where he played 21 games. Once Lejeune’s loan spell at Brest was over he was signed by Girona FC on a two-year deal where he played 40 games, scoring 5 goals, helping Girona FC qualify for the play-offs, just missing out on automatic promotion by losing their final game to Lugo.
In 2015 Florian Lejeune joined Manchester City however was immediately loaned back to Girona for one year. In 2016 Lejeune signed for SD Eibar on a four-year-deal.
Fitting into the Newcastle team
Once the deal was complete Florian Lejeune said “I’m very happy to have signed. Newcastle United is a big club, and I’m very happy to be here,” with manager Rafa Benitez saying “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.”
With his impressive season at SD Eibar, Florian Lejeune is expected to be a starting player for Newcastle however he has a tough competition, he must prove better than captain Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark and Chancel Mbemba to get a look into the first team squad.
Florian Lejeune became Newcastle’s second signing of the summer. Newcastle signed loanee Christian Atsu on a four-year deal for a fee of around £6.2m. Newcastle reportedly are interested in making their third signing of the summer within the next few weeks looking at Kieran Gibbs, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Pepe Reina.