Florian Lejeune issues heartfelt message to Newcastle United fans

Florian Lejeune has issued a message to Newcastle United fans – after leaving the club on loan.
Florian Lejeune.Florian Lejeune.
Florian Lejeune.

The defender has joined Alaves on a season-long loan after two injury-hit seasons at St James’s Park.

And Lejeune, signed from Eibar three years ago, has sent a message to supporters via Twitter as he starts on a “new adventure” in Spain, where he will be reunited with former Newcastle striker Joselu.

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The 29-year-old tweeted: “A new adventure awaits me at Alaves, and I want to thank everyone at Newcastle for your incredible support during the last three seasons.

"You have the best fans! I wish my team-mates and all the staff the best for the season to come. See you soon lads!”

Steve Bruce felt that Lejeune – who has two years left on his United contract – needed to be playing week in, week out this season to regain his form and fitness.

“With his injury problems, even after lockdown he picked up a thigh injury, I think it was vitally important we found somewhere Flo could go and play,” said United’s head coach, who hopes to sign Arsenal defender Rob Holding on loan this summer.

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“It’s been an awful time with two cruciates, basically back to back, so playing out in Spain, where the intensity is maybe a bit less than the Premier League, will suit him.

"We’ll keep revisiting it when we need to. It’s not the door being closed on Flo – we’ll see how things go when he’s fit.