Argentina international Jonas Gutierrez has become Newcastle United’s first signing of the summer.
Jonas Gutierrez – signed for Newcastle today
The right-sided 6’0″ winger joins Newcastle United from Spanish side RCD Mallorca on a five-year deal, but the fee has not been disclosed.
Gutierrez has the nickname “Spiderman” because he wears the superhero’s webbed mask during his goal celebrations. Weâ€™ll look forward to seeing that!
Jonasâ€™ move to Newcastle comes as a perfect birthday present for the winger, since he turns 25 years old on Saturday.
“I cannot tell you how excited I am to be joining Newcastle United.
“The Premier League is a great place to play and I cannot wait to meet my new team-mates and prove myself to the Newcastle United fans.”
Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan added:
“Jonas is a wonderful signing for us.”“I know a lot of other clubs have been interested in him. He’ll be a terrific addition to the squad.”
“He’s an exciting player and I’m sure our fans will enjoy watching him.”
Gutierrez signed for Real Mallorca in 2005 from Velez Sarsfield â€“ where he won the title â€“ and after making 97 total appearances for the Argentine side he signed for the Balearic Islands outfit, where he made 95 appearances, scoring five goals.
He won his first cap against France in February 2007. Most recently, he played for his country on June 18th in a 0-0 World Cup qualifying draw against Brazil.
As a result, Jonas will now have a break before linking up with his new colleagues for pre-season training later this month.
Last summer Portsmouth were interested in signing the player.
This is exactly what we wanted Newcastle to do, since there hasnâ€™t even been a whimper about signing Jonas till the news broke on Newcastleâ€™s official web site.
We knew something was happening because our web site suddenly crashed before we even saw the news â€“ it was so overloaded. We are looking at that already to fix it, but it looks like we’ll need to become SQL experts to fix it all..
Newcastle fans will be able to see Jonas in action in the pre-season friendlies against PSV Eindhoven (August 6) and Valencia (August 9) at St. James’ Park.
So the first we heard from Kevin, was after 8 days back from his holiday in America, and it was to announce his first signing, we love it, just love it.
This is completely official since it’s been posted on our official Newcastle United site.
We think this is a very good first signing.