Sky Sports is reporting that Xisco has joined his former club Deportivo, and it looks like it’s a permanent deal.
Xisco – rejoins Deportivo
Xisco played on loan at Deportivo last January, when he appeared 9 times for the Spanish club with two goals, but Deportivo were surprisingly relegated.
But the news is that the likable 25-year-old is to be officially unveiled tonight in Spain, after he successfully passed a medical.
Newcastle signed Xisco on the last day of the transfer window in August, 2008 for £5.7M, without the knowledge of then manager Kevin Keegan, and that finally led to Kevin Keegan resigning from his post at the club.
When told about the player, Keegan said he knew nothing of him, and the Director of Football at that time, Dennis Wise, showed Youtube videos of the player in action.
But Xisco, after a promising first couple of games, turned out to be nowhere near good enough for the Newcastle first team.
But that didn’t stop him picking up £50K/week over the last three years of a five year contract, and it’s good news if the Magpies have finally managed to unload him.
Xisco played only 9 times for Newcastle and scored on his debut against Hull City at St. James’ Park, the first game Newcastle played after Kevin Keegan had left the club, and Chris Hughton had taken over as the caretaker manager.
Xisco should be able to settle in quickly in Spain, as Deportivo are mounting a big push to gain instant promotion back to La Liga.
Deportivo goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia seems pleased Xisco has returned as he had this to say:
“Xisco is a player than knows us and the club.” “The process of adaptation for him will be minimal.”
This ends a nightmare for both the player and for Newcastle United, and it’s really good news for both parties that this deal has finally been struck.
Deportivo are unlikely to have paid any more than £500K to get their player back, but no fee has been disclosed.