Chancel Mbemba has now left Newcastle United.
This transfer saga at last at an end as the defender joins Porto.
The club confirming the news late on Monday afternoon.
The DR Congo had been at Newcastle for three years of a five year contract but clearly had no future at the club.
Rumours persisted of the manager’s unhappiness with the player’s attitude in training and claims of a poor command of English hampering communications with the rest of the team, despite having been in England for three years.
More obvious was the fact that Rafa Benitez rarely played Chancel Mbemba and indeed the former Anderlecht player didn’t even make a PL bench in 2018.
Official Newcastle United announcement
Defender Chancel Mbemba has completed a permanent move to Primeira Liga side FC Porto.
The DR Congo international has joined the Portuguese champions for an undisclosed fee after three years at St. James’ Park.
Mbemba arrived at Newcastle United from Belgian outfit Anderlecht in July 2015. The 23-year-old made a total of 59 appearances for United, scoring once – on the final day of the 2016/17 Championship season, when the Magpies secured the title after a 3-0 win over Barnsley.
Centre back Mbemba links up with Porto in the week they welcome Rafa Benítez’s side to the Estádio do Dragão, with the two sides set to face each other in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, 28th July.