Newcastle have made an excellent signing in getting 26-year-old Fabian Schar to Newcastle for a fee of only £3M from Spanish club Deportivo.
And in a post from Rafa on his own website – as reported in the Shields Gazette – he has talked about when he was first impressed with the center-back.
That was when Chelsea played FC Basel in the semi-final of the Europa League back in 2013.
Rafa was the caretaker manager of Chelsea and that didn’t stop him from winning the Europa League title that year.
Schar played really well against Chelsea and got Rafa’s attention in those two games five years ago.
Fabian Schar and Rafa Benitez having a laugh yesterday
Schar has taken the number 5 shirt and has signed a three-year deal and will definitely challenge for a first team starting position at Newcastle.
He also likes to play with the ball at his feet which he has said is one of his strengths.
This is what Rafa Benitez wrote today about our new center-back:
“I know about him since my time in Chelsea, when we won the UEFA Europa League in 2013, in a match against Basel.”
“On those days, we noticed his ability to play with the ball from behind.”
“Now he is part of NUFC and we wish he can adapt to the Premier League quickly.”
“Schar has a lot of experience in Germany and Spain so he will improve the competition in our defence for sure.”
Central defense was one of our strengths last season but with Florian Lejeune having injured his knee this signing is a timely one.
Fabian is also a replacement for Chancel Mbemba who joined Porto earlier this week.
Fabian Schar with the number 5 shirt
Now we will have Lascelles, Lejeune, Clark, and Schar fighting it out for the two central defensive positions and Rafa can also play three at the back when required.