Newcastle United have made their fourth signing of the summer, Jesus Gamez arriving from Atletico Madrid.
The former Malaga Captain has signed a two year contract to join compatriot Rafa Benitez at St James Park.
The capture of Jesus Gamez means that at least four signings will have a month or more of pre-season training with their new club, with Matz Sels, Matt Richie and Dwight Gayle already having joined the Rafalution.
Official Newcastle United Statement:
Newcastle United have completed the signing of defender Jesus Gamez from Atletico Madrid.
The 31-year-old Spaniard, who has featured 12 times in the Champions League during an impressive career, has put pen to paper on an initial two-year contract at St. James’ Park and becomes the Magpies’ fourth summer arrival.
Gamez began his playing days at Malaga and went on to make 256 appearances during nine seasons in the first team at his local club.
The versatile full-back spent three years as Malaga’s captain before departing for Atletico Madrid in August 2014, where he helped them reach the final of last season’s Champions League.
“I am really looking forward to starting the next part of my career at Newcastle,” said Gamez, who is expected to travel to Ireland with his new teammates on Saturday for their pre-season training camp.
“It was the right time to leave Atletico Madrid and this is the right move for me.
“We have an exciting project here, to bring Newcastle back to where it belongs, in the Premier League, and I am very happy to be a part of that.”
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez added: “I am really pleased to bring Jesus here to Newcastle.
“He is a very good defender who can play on both sides, left and right.
“He is experienced, I know he has great character and, importantly, he is an excellent professional. I am sure he will give balance to the team.”