Thursday afternoon finally brought an official announcement from Newcastle United (see below) confirming that Florian Lejeune has now left NUFC.
The Frenchman moves to Alaves for the usual “unknown” transfer fee.
The 30-year-old center-back had a successful year on loan with the La Liga Minnows last season.
On Thursday evening Florian Lejeune sent an emotional message to Newcastle United fans after breaking up with NUFC.
Florian Lejeune explains about his Twitter Account:
“I wanted to thank Newcastle United for all the time I’ve been at the club.
“I got to know wonderful people who were always there for me.
“I am facing a new challenge and could not be more grateful for all of them [Newcastle United] Fans, teammates and club staff.
“I wish you all the best for the coming season.”
This message was replied to by everyone at The Mag.
Florian Lejeune was popular with Newcastle fans, helping NUFC set the seventh-best defensive record in both the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons.
Steve Bruce is clearly not a fan of central defenders who play ball, and the head coach is also reluctant to play Fabian Schar.
Last season Bruce managed to turn the NUFC defensive record from seventh-best under Rafa to fifth-worst, with only two clubs outside of the last two conceding more goals than Newcastle.
Many Newcastle fans wonder if it makes sense to let a talented defender go for a relatively small fee as Alaves, along with many other La Liga clubs, does not have a huge income.
Florian Lejeune proved his fitness last season and played far more league minutes for Alaves than any central defender in 2020/21 for Newcastle. Steve Bruce had to play Isaac Hayden as an emergency center-back several times.
Official announcement from Newcastle United:
“Florian Lejeune has moved permanently to Alavés for an undisclosed fee – where he was on loan last season.
The 30-year-old Frenchman joined the Magpies from Eibar in the summer of 2016 and played 24 games when United finished tenth in the Premier League.
Sadly, he sustained two anterior cruciate ligament injuries in the 2017/18 season but recovered to score his first two goals for the club in a stunning comeback at Everton in January 2020, before his last temporary move to La Liga with Los Babazorros Term.
Lejeune made 46 appearances in all competitions for Newcastle. Everyone in the club wishes him all the best for the future. ‘