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.”

  • Geordiegiants

    I hope we have slightly higher ambitions than just staying up. A top ten finish shouldn’t be difficult in my opinion.

    • TheNutJob

      you sure about that geordie

      • Geordiegiants

        We aye, we only need a few players to make us as good as say Watford, Bournemouth Palace etc, and we have a better tactical manager than the mentioned clubs that can do more with less. So I would think a top ten is achievable.

        • grantham mag

          I stopped dreaming when KK walked, its been all down hill ever since, and won;t change until toxic Mike sells up.

          • Geordiegiants

            Nothing will change while Jabba is here, but Rafa is a master tachtician, so I’m hoping he can wave his magic wand.

    • HarryHype59

      I would take 17th right now! This arises from realism not pessimism. NUFC lost ten games last year in a poor league. It was not an outstanding team in the Championship.

      A further problem is the loss of TV income arising from relegation. Existing EPL teams got a minimum of 109m million TV money for the 2016-17 season, NUFC got 41m parachute money.

      The owner isn’t putting new money in and as such the “Rafalution” will be self funded. Good luck trying to buy a proven EPL striker on the sales generated from the toxic assets rotting in the reserves whilst drawing comparatively large salaries.

      Survival is the only realistic target until the club gets the bumper TV windfall.

      • Geordiegiants

        Don’t get me wrong Harry, I would be happy if we stay in the prem, I would just liked to of thought we had bigger and better ambitions.

        • HarryHype59

          This club should top eight minimum Geordie and would be if it had ambitious and competent owners (Everton) . I fear another season of struggle under the fatman’s regime.

    • Gusto

      Top 10 would be difficult in our first year back! not impossible, but unlikely… staying up and hopefully not struggling too much would do for me this season.

  • Mark Potter

    Did he really explain the meaning of emblematic in his interview? Must be a clever guy.

  • Leazes Ender

    Give me strength

  • HarryHype59

    At least this bloke has realistic short term expectations.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Survival is the name of the game, it always has been with Fatso.
    10th position with the least amount of expenditure & he`s happy as a Pig in schitt
    the only thing worse under Mr Mike would be to be born a Mackem

  • Paul Busby

    The title really does make it sound like the is raring to get onto the pitch and achieve… the bare minimum.
    I’m sure its just a translation/communication thing…

  • BinTanG

    Umm.. I was kind of not expecting a relegation battle. Keeping nufc in the premier league??
    It woulda been better if he said trying to get top 12! Be a little more ambitious son!!