Chancel Mbemba at last made his Newcastle United debut against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
The DR Congo international replaced Daryl Janmaat for the last half hour and surprisingly played at right-back, rather than his favoured right-back position.
Getting special clearance to play, Mbemba is expected to finalise his work visa this week, which will allow him finally to play competitive football for United after a long drawn out transfer saga.
As was the case though with PSV and Wijnaldum, as well as Anderlecht and Mitrovic, the Belgian club posted a genuine good luck message to their departing player on the club’s official website.
RSC ANderlecht message:
‘RSC Anderlecht and Newcastle United reached an agreement on the definitive transfer of Chancel Mbemba on Thursday 30 July 2015.
The Congolese defender has been playing for the Purple & White since 2011 and, two years later, he made his debut in the first team.
In 77 matches, Mbemba scored nine times. In 2014, he took the national title and the Supercup with RSC Anderlecht.
The club wishes Chancel good luck with his further football career. Thanks for everything, Chancel!’
This is in stark contrast to most players leaving Premier League clubs, where invariably there appears to be bad blood on at least one side of the deal invariably.
With any message posted by the selling club, appearing usually as though just going through the motions and sincerity totally lacking.
Let’s hope Chancel Mbemba proves to have been well worth the wait.