Newcastle United have confirmed that defender Florian Lejeune has joined Alaves on a permanent deal. The 30-year-old spent last season on loan with the La Liga club making 36 appearances.
? #NUFC can confirm that Florian Lejeune has completed a permanent move to Alavés for an undisclosed fee.
We thank @lejeune_florian for his efforts, both on and off the pitch, throughout his time at the club and wish him well for the future.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 22, 2021
Florian returned to Newcastle this summer with just one season remaining on his contract. He was left out of the pre-season friendly at York City over the weekend with Steve Bruce confirming that his move back to Alaves was imminent.
Lejeune was signed from Eibar in 2017 but suffered two anterior cruciate injuries limiting his appearances in his first two seasons. He returned in December 2019 from his second injury and was quickly thrust back into duty during the heavy holiday schedule.
In January of that season, Florian scored his first two goals as a Magpie in the final minutes at Everton to rescue a 2-2 draw in one of the most miraculous finishes to a Premier League match in recent memory.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) July 22, 2021
Here is the statement from Newcastle on the transfer:
Florian Lejeune has completed a permanent move to Alavés – where he spent last season on loan – for an undisclosed fee.
The 30-year-old Frenchman joined the Magpies from Eibar in the summer of 2016 and made 24 appearances as United finished tenth in the Premier League.
Unfortunately, the 2017/18 campaign saw him suffer two anterior cruciate ligament injuries but he recovered to score his first two goals for the club in a stunning comeback at Everton in January 2020, before heading to La Liga with Los Babazorros on a temporary basis last term.
Lejeune made 46 appearances in all competitions for Newcastle. Everybody at the club wishes him well for the future.
This is the confirmation from Alaves that Florian Lejeune has returned on a three-year contract.
? Florian Lejeune regresa al Deportivo Alavés ?
?? El jugador francés firma por tres temporadas y refuerza la zaga albiazul.
— Deportivo Alavés (@Alaves) July 22, 2021
Here is a translation of the above tweet:
Florian Lejeune returns to Deportivo Alavés.
The French player signs for three seasons and reinforces the Albiazul defense.
We wish Florian the best of luck in his return to Spain.