Newcastle United today officially confirmed, seemingly for the second time, that teenage midfielder Mehdi Abeid has signed for the club.
Mehdi Abeid – signing first announced May 24th
It was reported on My 25th that Newcastle had signed the youngster on a five year deal, so we suppose the club is reminding the fans that this youngster has also been acquired this summer.
The 18-year-old arrives from French club Lens, having completed a successful trial at St. James’ Park last season.
Abeid has represented France at U-17 and U-18 level, and Newcastle reserve team manager Peter Beardsley said this today on the Newcastle web-site:
“We are delighted bring Mehdi to the Club.” “He is a bright, young talent and we think he has an exciting future ahead of him.”
“After an impressive trial with us earlier in the year, I’m looking forward to working with Mehdi and developing his talent.”
The fact that Peter made the comments, suggests Mehdi will be played in the Reserve side at least initially, as he is brought through the club.
When the announcement on the player was first made, about five weeks ago, it was revealed that both Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote had helped sell the club to the youngster.
The former Lens player had at that time talked about signing for Newcastle back and had mentioned Ben Arfa and Tiote, and had this to say:
“I have had contact dating back some time and I visited the facilities there last week. I even trained with the Reserve team.”
“The leaders of the club told me about their plans and that they will rely on me for next season. For my part, I intend to give everything to develop in the Premier League.”
“I already discussed things with Hatem Ben Arfa and Cheik Tioté and they encouraged me and welcomed my signature.”
It’s good to welcome Mehdi Abeid – even if it is for the second time.