Claudio Cacapa, our new signing from Lyon on a free transfer is busy getting fit and will not take part this Saturday against Sam’s old club Bolton Wanderers.
Claudio revealed earlier in the week that Newcastle beat off competition from a number of European clubs for his services.
That’s not too surprising since not only is Cacapa a good and experienced player having won the French Championship with Lyon in all his 5 years at the club but he was also a free agent.
Claudio Cacapa – Newcastle free signing from Lens
The surprising thing to us is we had an article on Cacapa on 3rd June indicating he was available on a free – and yet nobody signed him until Sam moved quickly to pick him up a couple of weeks back. Another great acquisition by the big man.
The former Lyon captain signed an initial two-year deal at St James’ Park and there is an option for a third year. Cacapa has now admitted he had interest from France, Turkey, Greece and Italy, although he said he always favored a move to the Premier League.
The Brazilian defender even plans on spending the next few seasons on Tyneside and is looking forward to his time in England with Newcastle. Cacapa told L’Equipem earlier in the week.
“I needed a new challenge, I have found it in England,”
“I could have stayed in France, where Toulouse and Bordeaux had contacted me.”
“I also had talks with Besiktas, Olympiakos and Italian clubs.â€
“But I am delighted to have joined Newcastle, as I want to speak English.”
“As I see myself playing three or four years there, that will give me time to learn.”
There is still a chance Cacapa could end up being Newcastle’s next captain but Claudio regardless is a leader. Sam has picked up an extremely valuable acquisition to his squad and we are very happy to have Claudio Cacapa at the club. We think he can be a really solid performer for us in this very important season coming up.