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Newcastle Is A Very Big Club With A Fantastic History – He’s Right There

A great press conference today with newly signed central defender Florian Lejeune, who completed an £8.8M move from Spanish club Eibar last Monday and it was well received by Newcastle fans.

Lejeune is here to do well at Newcastle and he’s a motivated player and comes across as a terrific professional; he could well become a fan favorite very soon.

We need one or two new center-backs coming in to challenge Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark for the center-back starting position – and both our lads had excellent seasons last term and both improved a lot too.

Rafa Benitez and Florian Lejeune last Monday after Florian signed for us

Ciaran Clark turned out to be a stellar signing from Aston Villa for just £5M last summer and he was great for us last season, but both lads face increased competition this term for their first team starting positions and that’s good for the team – and they both know that.

It was really a tremendous achievement for Newcastle to win the Championship last season, when the competition was so much more difficult than seven years ago – and Rafa really hasn’t got the full credit he deserves for that.

But we are not going to dwell on that and it’s upward and onward from now on.


Here’s what Florian Lejeune has said when introduced today at the Benton Training grounds:

“Getting a call from Rafael Benitez was absolutely amazing, and I could only say yes. It was like a dream.”

“When I got the call, I thought it was a prank so I didn’t say anything. After a few hours, I said, ‘Yes, that’s Rafael Benitez’, so I had to say yes.”

“He was very important to my decision. For many years, my career was going up and down and up and down.”

“He’s a great coach. Everyone knows him and he has won lots of trophies – that is Rafa Benitez.” “Newcastle is a very big club with a fantastic history.”

“As soon as Rafa phoned me, we had a good discussion and there was no question about whether to come or not.”

“It’s always been a dream. I have played in Spain and France, and everyone was telling me that the English league was very important and very intense.”

“I really wanted to come and play here, and hopefully I will be able to prove that I am worth it.”

“Alexandre Lacazette and I are very good friends. We have been friends for many years and the fact he has signed with Arsenal is no surprise to me.”

“I have always known he was a great forward. In the past, he was often the best player in the team.”

“They have signed a goalscorer – in the last three or four years, he has been putting in at least 20 goals a season, so he is definitely a goalscorer.”

It’s interesting that he’s best friends with Alexandre Lacazette, who was a former Newcastle target three years ago and has just signed for Arsenal for a mammoth £53M.

But no banana for the Gunners with the Red Devils about to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku for what the Mirror are calling a sensational signing at a cool £75M.

We suppose with the national media the higher the transfer fee the more sensational is the signing – well Romelu’s certainly expensive.

We like Florian Lejeune the more we hear from him,  but of course the litmus test is how he performs in pre-season and next season.

It will be very interesting to see who the two starting center-backs are in the Sky televised first game of the season against Premier League runners-up Tottenham on August 12th.

Maybe Rafa will even play a three man back line for that game?

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • swemag

    Jul 6, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #1


    Next signing please.

    We have squeezed all the juice out of this one now.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 6, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #2

    And the return of:-

    Fabian Delph interest?

    The Telegraph report that United are facing a battle with Stoke and West Brom for Fabian Delph but might struggle with Manchester City’s demands

  • Markaccus

    Jul 6, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #3


    Personally never rated Delph. Certainly isn’t a player i’d worry about missing out on due to high demands from the selling club


    Jul 6, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #4

    come on Florian Lejeune If laca is ur good friend so must be benzima, tell him to sign for the toon :p

  • lochinvar

    Jul 6, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Why should any club have to struggle with Man Citys demands or Manure or Arsenal or Chelsea – after all they’ve created the problem in the first place along with PSG, Monaco, Real, Barca etc
    They all formed a private cartel for the Super League Clubs ( would be World Club League ) and set their own prices – if they have to offload players then discount them, Ashley understands that sort of deal

  • Reilly

    Jul 6, 2017 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Kaveh Solhekol?Verified account

    Mike Ashley on Newcastle transfers: “Do you think I make the decisions for Newcastle United? I’m the last person to know.”

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 6, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #7


    Me neither.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 6, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Newcastle United’s pursuit for Bas Dost continues, and the updates from Jornal de Notícias this morning are quite impressive.
    With a headline saying the Magpies are ‘on the edge of madness’, the newspaper claims the club is now closer to activating the Dutchman’s €60m release clause.
    They say that the talks between Newcastle and Sporting have been happening by email, and it’s expected that in the next negotiation rounds, there will be an offer the Portuguese club can’t refuse.
    If the €60m bid arrives, then it would be up to Bas Dost to decide. Jornal de Notícias claim he’s happy at Sporting and focused on winning the league title this season.
    It’s fair to recall that Jornal de Notícias were the first to claim Newcastle’s €40m offer a few days ago, and two other outlets confirmed it the day after.
    They seem really persistent with this story lads. Keeps selling the papers I guess

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 6, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #9

    ‘on the edge of madness’ Love that !! : )

  • Sazzer

    Jul 6, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Sorry for slow answer. A friend called. Kovacic most likely will end up at a Champions League club if Real Madrid decides to let him go.

  • Sazzer

    Jul 6, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Guessing game is on. Few people going with Sergi Roberto on Twitter.


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