After at last signing for Newcastle United after some five or six weeks of talks, Florian Lejeune says that his first challenges are to ‘learn the language and settle into the squad’.
Once he has done that, the French central defender would then ‘love to play as many games as possible to help keep the club in the Premier League’.
Good to see the club aren’t over-selling themselves to prospective signings about immediate ambitions!!
The now former Eibar player acknowledges that the transfer did take a long time to happen but that was due to the two clubs taking a long time to agree the deal, not because he had any doubts about the move.
Instead, he says that when somebody like Rafa Benitez wants to sign you then it wasn’t a difficult choice to make.
As for his strengths, Florian Lejeune points to prowess in the air and his ability on the ball and long passing out of defence (check out his video highlights here).
Florian Lejeune speaking to NUFC TV:
“I am delighted to be here, this is a huge club and I’m very happy to have signed here at Newcastle.
“When a manager like Rafa Benitez wants you, and insists you join him, you can be nothing but very proud and you want to join him.
“It (the transfer) did take a long time but that is a matter between the two clubs.
“When one of the best managers tells you he wants you to be part of his team, you know he will push you to be your very best.
“He was well aware of my abilities and spoke about what I would be able to achieve in England. He said the Premier League is the best in the world, very physical and intense, if I came to work with him I’d be able to achieve my personal goals.
“Newcastle is a great club and one of the most emblematic (Definition: Serving as a symbol of a particular quality or concept) in England.
“Some huge players have played here, not just French but also English, such as Alan Shearer.
“St James Park is amazing, with a fantastic atmosphere. When a club like Newcastle comes calling you can only be interested.
“St James Park is fantastic, enormous, magnificent.
“My abilities? Pretty good with my head, can play good long balls and play simple when needed, technically good, but fans will judge for themselves.
“I need to learn the language and settle into the squad, then I’d love to play as many games as possible to help keep the club in the Premier League.
“I am delighted to have signed here at Newcastle, I hope the fans will be proud and I will give everything I have, out there on the pitch.”