No club likes to lose one of their best players but in the case of Florian Lejeune, SD Eibar have got reasons to be cheerful.
Despite surviving on crowds of only five thousand, the minnows managed an astonishing 10th place in last season’s La Liga, an all-time club record.
After signing for Newcastle, SD Eibar issued a statement saying they wanted to ‘recognise the French player for the great work during the season and wishes him the best of luck for the future’.
Lejeune’s single season at the Spanish club was only their third ever in La Liga and they have now finished 18th, 13th and now 10th.
To stand any chance of surviving at this level they will need to buy and sell well, including their best players unfortunately. Bought for just over £1m from Manchester City in summer 2016, a £7m profit in only 12 months is massive for SD Eibar.
They don’t have rich backers and instead are fan owned, with 10,000 shareholders in 69 different countries.
With a stadium capacity of only 6,300, SD Eibar are seeing Florian Lejeune swap the five thousand fans who supported him and his teammates last season, for the fifty thousand who filled St James Park even though Newcastle were in the second tier.
Good luck to SD Eibar next season in La Liga and even better luck to Florian Lejeune, who can hopefully bring some of that spirit his Spanish side showed last season to St James Park, as well as hopefully quality.
SD Eibar via Twitter:
“You (Newcastle) have signed a great player and a better person. Good luck Florian Lejeune! Bon courage!”
SD Eibar official website:
“SD Eibar transfers Florian Lejeune to Newcastle United
“The club wants to thank the player for his professionalism and wishes him the best of luck.
“SD Eibar has transferred to Florian Lejeune to Newcastle United, of the English Premier League.
“Thus, the French defender will not continue in the ranks of the club .
“Lejeune, 26, arrived at the club last season, where he has played 34 games under Jose Luis Mendibilar, 33 of them from the start.
“SD Eibar wants to recognise the French player for the great work done during the season, and wishes him the best of luck for the future.”
— SD Eibar (@SDEibar) July 4, 2017