Newcastle have just confirmed the signing of 31 year-old Atletico Madrid full-back Jesus Gamez and he becomes Rafa’s 4th signing this summer.
He was rumored to be very close to signing yesterday, so he must have been on Tyneside and had his medical yesterday.
31 year-old Jesus Gamez signed today
This is what has been put on the Newcastle web-site:
Newcastle United have completed the signing of defender Jesus Gamez from Atletico Madrid.
The 31-year-old Spaniard, who has featured 12 times in the Champions League during an impressive career, has put pen to paper on an initial two-year contract at St. James’ Park and becomes the Magpies’ fourth summer arrival.
Gamez began his playing days at Malaga and went on to make 256 appearances during nine seasons in the first team at his local club.
The versatile full-back spent three years as Malaga’s captain before departing for Atletico Madrid in August 2014, where he helped them reach the final of last season’s Champions League.
This is what Jesus said after signing:
“I am really looking forward to starting the next part of my career at Newcastle,”
“It was the right time to leave Atletico Madrid and this is the right move for me.”
“We have an exciting project here, to bring Newcastle back to where it belongs, in the Premier League, and I am very happy to be a part of that.”
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez added this:
“I am really pleased to bring Jesus here to Newcastle.” “He is a very good defender who can play on both sides, left and right.”
“He is experienced, I know he has great character and, importantly, he is an excellent professional. I am sure he will give balance to the team.”
Jesus also has leadership ability and as written above he was captain of Malaga for three years so he will be a candidate for the captaincy at Newcastle.
It’s interesting it’s only a two year deal – at least to start with and he will be 33 years-old at the end of that but he could easily earn an extension to that if he plays well for us.
He looks like another excellent signing by Rafa Benitez.