Florian Lejeune joins the new La Liga club

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Florian Lejeune has just signed for a new club in Spain.

Leaving Newcastle United on loan for Alaves in the summer of 2020, the defender hit the mark on his return to La Liga.

Florian Lejeune one of the club’s best players, helping Minnows avoid relegation with a relatively comfortable 16th place in 2020/21

This loan season has resulted in a permanent move to Alaves for an ‘undisclosed’ fee in July 2021.

Florian Lejeune was popular with Newcastle fans and helped NUFC to seventh-best defensive record in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons.

Steve Bruce is clearly not a fan of the ball playing centre-backs, with the head coach also reluctant to play Fabian Schar.

In the 2020/21 season, Bruce managed to take the NUFC’s defensive record from seventh best under Rafa to fifth worst, with only two clubs outside the bottom two conceding more goals than Newcastle. Then in 2021/2022 things looked even worse on defense in the NUFC under Steve Bruce, before he was belatedly sacked and then Eddie Howe came in to start and fix the mess left behind.

As for Florian Lejeune, he started 30 league games in the 2021/22 season and was part of a defense that conceded 63 goals, the second-worst tally in La Liga last term, as the side finished at the lowest.

However, despite relegation, the former Newcastle defender’s reputation is not too tarnished, as Rayo Vallecano (finished 12th in La Liga last season) signed Florian Lejeune on loan for the season with an option to buy .

Florian Lejeune using his social networks to thank Alaves and their fans:

‘Thank you very much Alaves for these 2 years.

A page is turned today, but every moment spent will remain forever etched in my memory.

I would like to thank my teammates, staff members, club officials and supporters for their support.

All the best for the coming season.

Flo’

Joselu had already left Alaves, his contract having ended after this relegation season, the former NUFC forward signed by La Liga club Espanyol. The 32-year-old scored 14 league goals last season despite being relegated.

Joselu ended his time at Alaves with 36 goals in 100 La Liga starts, which followed six goals in 24 Premier League starts for Newcastle United.

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