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Confusion as Newcastle lose striker to Augsburg after world’s shortest ever ‘trial’

5 years ago

Thursday brought news that Newcastle had made their first signing of the transfer window, with Albian Ajeti moving to Newcastle United on trial ahead of a potential permanent transfer.

The 18 year old Swiss striker was on the books of FC Basel and the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder reported that the player was coming for a trial period at St James Park to give Newcastle a chance to decide whether to go ahead with a permanent deal.

The 18 year old one of a pair of twins  at the Swiss club, his brother Adonis playing there as a defender.

Albian Ajeti has played mainly for the FC Basel Under 21 team but has made 11 league appearances for the senior side, including three in the starting eleven.

However, Friday night brings news that Albian Ajeti is not on Tyneside but instead heading off to Marbella.

With FC Basel making an announcement that the young forward has actually not joined Newcastle, but has actually signed a four and a half year contract at Bundesliga club FC Augsburg, and is meeting up with the German club’s squad at their training camp in Marbella.

No details of the fee have been mentioned by the Swiss club as yet, nor anything about Newcastle United…

The official FC Basel statement published on the club website:

‘The 18 year old striker Albian Ajeti has signed with immediate effect from FC Basel 1893 to the Bundesliga and the UEFA Europa League participants FC Augsburg.

Ajeti signing in Augsburg a four and a half year contract until 30 June 2020.

The Swiss Under 21 international  signed in July 2013 (for FC Basel) along with his twin brother Adonis Ajeti, his first professional contract with FCB for three years .

On Saturday 9 January 2016 Ajeti travels to meet the Bundesliga club (sqaud) who are twelfth in the and at a training camp in Marbella , where he will join with former FCB player Raul Bobadilla.

FC Basel 1893 wishes Albian Ajeti all the best and much success in the Bundesliga.’


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