Matz Sels has at last got his move away from St James Park.

Sold for a reported £3.6m to Strasbourg, a loss of a couple of million for Newcastle after Rafa recruited him two years ago.

As the weeks dragged by after a permanent move to Anderlecht failed, it was looking increasingly likely that the keeper could be staying at Newcastle.

However, good news all round and he joins a club that narrowly avoided relegation last season, ending up 15th in Ligue 1.

Strasbourg have a couple more friendlies lined up before kicking off their league season away at Bordeaux on Sunday 12 August.

Good luck to Matz Sels with his new club. Despite not getting a league game since September 2016 and dropped later that Championship season even from the bench, he was professional and didn’t moan. Also, he genuinely seems desperate to play football and no doubt has taken a wage cut to make this move happen, unlike those such as Marveaux, Obertan and Haidara who were happy to sit and do nothing to ensure they kept receiving higher pay at Newcastle.

Matz Sels interviewed by the official RC Strasbourg Alsace website:

Matz, what made you decide to sign in Strasbourg?

“The discussions I had with the leaders. There are some nice things to do in this club. It is also a big city, as attractive as Brussels. Racing made an effort to recruit me. I will give the maximum here. It’s a great challenge.”

You played in Belgium and England. You will discover the Ligue 1. What view do you have on the championship of France?

“It’s a good race, a difficult championship with big teams. It makes you want “.

You were in the first list of 28 players for the World Cup with Belgium, finally removed from the final list of 23. A big disappointment?

“Yes, I was disappointed but it’s part of a footballer’s life. Afterwards, I was a supporter of my national team. I have not given up and I will do my best to find the jersey of the Red Devils.”

How does it feel to play in the country that eliminated Belgium?

“Sometimes, in Belgium, it was said that it was unfair and that the best team was the Red Devils team. But when you beat Uruguay, Argentina, Belgium and Croatia, you just deserved to be world champions. “

Marc Keller, President of RCSA (Strasbourg):

“I am very happy that Matz Sels has chosen Racing.

“We were looking for an experienced goalkeeper. It was a priority for the club.

“Matz will bring his experience, both with his various clubs and with the national team of Belgium.

“For him, for the club and for all our supporters, I wish him the greatest possible success among us “.

  • TheNutJob

    The Fat Gringo sky rockets another £3.6m. he`s having a great window, isn`t he

    • Peaky

      Not one of your red ones I hope ??

      • Leazes.

        They’re the best and cutest.

        • Peaky

          And cleverest….Tufty even learned kids how to cross the road…..

          • Peter C

            You’re showing your age.

          • Peaky

            My grandad told me 😂😂😂😂
            No you’re right….I am showing my age and can certainly remember Tufty….

  • Squintytoonarmy

    Because he has now found his level ….

    • Leazes.

      They never came in for Elliott…. we are still lumbered with a poorer keeper on the books.

      • Squintytoonarmy

        Any merit in shifting Elliott and Darlow and bring back Forster – he’s stagnated

      • Elliot is a really good backup, and we are probably waiting on Darlow/Woodman offers, to see who goes.

  • 1957

    Fair play to him if he has took a pay cut to play rather than watch from the stands… although I’m sure he was still paid ‘loyalty bonuses’ that he would have been due if he had seen out his contract.

    • Not everyone is like Mr. Greedy Ginger – Jack Colback.

  • mentalman

    Just need to get freddie sent out on loan now to a decent team

  • Mxpx

    I’d like to think it’s pretty obvious because he wasn’t getting a game with us

  • They missed on relegation last year and now bought Sels to finish the job :D

    • Ram Kishore

      It was their first season back in Ligue 1.. 14th place finish is not bad for their return ..
      They have just sold their player to Monaco for 13m and investing on other positions that need strengthening.. not bad

  • Peter C

    Good luck to him, in his new career in France, seems a decent bloke.

    Just didn’t work out, with us

    Hope he’s a success over there in Ligue 1.