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Newcastle legend Laurent Robert’s son turns down offers of top flights to sign for Airdrie in Scotland

Thomas Robert, son of former Newcastle and PSG winger Laurent, turns down Ligue 1 and Premier League offers to join Airdrieonians in the THIRD level of Scottish football

  • Montpellier winger Thomas Robert joined Airdrieonians in Scotland
  • The 19-year-old is the son of former Newcastle United cult hero Laurent
  • His father’s club wanted to sign the French winger this summer
  • But Robert Junior has signed a one-year contract with the Scottish third division

Thomas Robert, son of ex-Newcastle United winger Laurent, has turned down several European top clubs to join the Scottish minnows Airdrieonians from Montpellier.

The 19-year-old French striker rejected a four-year deal at the Ligue 1 club, where his father started his illustrious career before completing a move to Diamonds for a one-year contract.

Robert Junior was on the radar of several top clubs in France, England and Germany, but chose to sign for Airdrie, which was founded two years after the winger’s birth.

Scottish minnows side Airdrie has signed Montpellier winger Thomas Robert (photo)

Scottish minnows side Airdrie has signed Montpellier winger Thomas Robert (photo)

The 19-year-old is the son of former Newcastle United cult hero Lauren Robert (photo)

The 19-year-old is the son of former Newcastle United cult hero Lauren Robert (photo)

The 19-year-old is the son of former Newcastle United cult hero Lauren Robert (photo)

He told the club’s official website: ‘I am very happy to sign for Airdrie, it is a club with a good structure and a good stadium.

“I think this is a good chance to come to the UK and play in the first team.

“When I met the people at the club I got a good feeling from them – which is why I think it will be a good platform for me to show my capabilities in a competitive league. I can’t wait to get started! ‘

The Frenchman’s father, Laurent, spent five seasons as a Newcastle United cult hero and was known for his spectacular long-distance efforts with his cultivated left foot.

During his time at St James’ Park, he scored 32 goals in 181 appearances while the Magpies challenged Sir Bobby Robson for European football.

Laurent's former club (pictured) was interested in signing his son before choosing Scotland

Laurent's former club (pictured) was interested in signing his son before choosing Scotland

Laurent’s former club (pictured) was interested in signing his son before choosing Scotland

Now retired at the age of 45, Robert Senior also played for Paris Saint-Germain and had brief spells in Portsmouth and Derby County in the Premier League.

His Scottish-born son Thomas, born in 2000, was on Newcastle’s radar, but the winger didn’t want to play football under the age of 23.

Last season, Robert Junior played for Montpellier in a UEFA Youth League game against Chelsea, whose side Blues youth played Tariq Lamptey and Conor Gallagher.

Airdrie, founded in 2002, finished third last season in the Scottish third division and is led by former Norwich and Ranger defender Ian Murray.

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