Florian Lejeune joins Alaves on permanent deal as Frenchman ends Newcastle nightmare after two serious knee injuries limited him to just 46 appearances in FOUR YEARS
- Florian Lejeune returns to Spanish side Alaves on a permanent deal
- The Newcastle defender endured a scorching time with injuries in the Northeast
- Lejeune, 30, was hampered by two serious new injuries, hampering his progress
French defender Florian Lejeune has rejoined Alaves on a permanent contract from Newcastle, the Premier League club has confirmed.
The 30-year-old returns to the Spanish team after a successful season-long loan spell, playing 26 games in all competitions.
Lejeune joined Newcastle in an £8.7 million deal from Eibar in 2017, but was hampered by two serious knee injuries during his time at the club.
Florian Lejeune has rejoined Spain’s Alaves on a permanent contract with Newcastle United
The 30-year-old endured a nightmare in the Northeast and was hampered by injuries
He has made 46 appearances for the club in all competitions and is the Premier League squad’s fourth departure this summer, after Christian Atsu, Andy Carroll and Henri Saivet all left St James’ Park.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce revealed earlier this week that the Frenchman was in talks with the LaLiga side, adding that the move would be approved if it is in the best interests of the fallen defender.
“He is in talks with the club in Spain where he was loaned out last season,” Bruce said. “Something could happen there. If things go well for Flo, we wish him the best of luck.”
French defender Lejeune was loaned to Alaves last season and has signed a permanent contract contract