Rafa Benitez has landed his first new face of the summer.

Florian Lejeune added to the conversion of Christian Atsu from loan signing to permanent Newcastle deal.

Using his own website, Rafa Benitez has given his own personal welcome to the 26 year old French defender.

Rafa Benitez – 4 July 2017:

“I would like to welcome Florian Lejeune to Newcastle United FC.

“He is a player that has done very well this year in Spain.

“I have known about him for a while, since he began playing for Villarreal.

“He has progressed a lot as a player in the last few years and I know he will give us something different at the back -he is good with both feet, he’s big and he’s good in the air also.

“If he settles well into English football then I am sure he will be a success and will give us a lot of competition in this area.

“Welcome Florian Lejeune and COME ON TOONS!!!”

Below you can also watch some quality video highlights of Florian Lejeune, a defender who starred for minnows Eibar as they finished a creditable 10th in La Liga, the centre-back making a remarkable number of interceptions.

Interceptions in La Liga 2016/17:

Lejeune 104

Felipe Luis 70

Pique 65

Carvajal 65

Busquets 60

Alba 55

Godin 54

 

Video footage via John @jbxnufc