Just got back from taking my dog Milo for his morning walk and it’s great news that we have now signed Fabian Schar.
The club didn’t take too long to do that, so this is what we could even call a quick signing and a great one too.
Fabian has signed an initial three-year contract, and we understand the fee was around £3M – the relegation release clause in his contract at Deportivo – who were relegated in May.
Schar is our fourth summer signing and joins Dubravka, Kenedy (loan), and Sung-yueng (free agent) at Newcastle.
26-year-old Fabian Schar – signed today
Rafa could even be quite happy this summer if we can get three or four more good players in within the next two weeks.
This is what the 26-year-old said after signing:
“I’m really happy to be here. The club is a really big club for me. It has a big name, and it is a brilliant chance for me.”
“I’m not like a typical defender. I, of course, defend, but I’m quite good with the ball.”
“I like to play, I want to build up the game from behind, and I think that is a strength of mine.”
“I have also scored some headers – that could also be a strength and hopefully, I can use it here.”
“I hope to start training with the team soon, and I’m looking forward to everything that’s coming.”
“At the moment, I just want to get started.”
Manager Rafa Benitez added this:
“I’m really pleased to welcome Fabian to Newcastle United. He is an international, did well in the World Cup and has great experience.”
“He adds competition in this position and that is a positive for the team.”
Newcastle are not having a particularly good transfer window – but there again the four players we have signed are all good players and all bargains.
But we need three or four more players in that Rafa wants – to keep the manager happy.
This is good news today!