Hoffenheim official statement – Confirm they have banked more for Joelinton than Roberto Firmino
At 6pm Newcastle United confirmed that they had signed Joelinton.
On Tuesday lunchtime, photos taken by fans circulated on social media showing the 22 year old at St James Park.
Meanwhile. Sky Sports were reporting that the player had taken his medical.
When Newcastle released their official statement confirming the signing, they said the transfer fee was undisclosed BUT that it did beat the previous club record, believed to be £21m, which was reportedly paid for Miguel Almiron in January.
Hoffenheim have now released their own official statement (see below), their Director of Football declaring: ‘We find new hopeful talents and develop players, Joelinton is the latest proof of this proven and unequalled strategy.’
As for the transfer fee, Hoffenheim don’t state the amount BUT do confirm that it is a new club record, more than they received when Roberto Firmino was sold to Liverpool four years ago for a reported £37m.
Hoffenheim official statement:
Joelinton Cassio Apolinário de Lira will leave the Bundesliga team TSG Hoffenheim and play in the future for the English Premier League club Newcastle United. The 22-year-old Brazilian striker arrived in the summer of 2015.
The change of the striker is the largest financial transfer in the history of TSG Hoffenheim so far.
“A club of our kind can hardly afford to refuse such an offer, and it is important to balance between athletic desire and financial reason, and to live up to our responsibility towards the club and its employees,” says Alexander Rosen.
“It’s also important to respect the player’s side, and to include his perspective in the overall picture, and Joe has made it very clear to us that he has to go that way for himself.”
The director of football also sees the record transfer confirming the way forwardfor TSG Hoffenheim.
“Not for the first and certainly not for the last time, we face such a decision, and we always have to meet it with a view to the future viability of the club and in the knowledge that we find new hopeful talents and develop players, Joelinton is the latest proof of this proven and unequalled strategy: Roberto Firmino, Kevin Volland, Niklas Süle and most recently Kerem Demirbay and Nico Schulz are other players on this ever-expanding list.
“I know what I owe to TSG Hoffenheim, and the people in charge have always given me a lot of confidence in an almost perfect environment, which has enabled me to take this big step, which, despite a certain melancholy, I definitely want to do,” says Joelinton , “To play in the Premier League is for me the fulfillment of a sporting dream.”
Joelinton Cassio Apolinário de Lira joined TSG Hoffenheim in 2015 from Brazilian club Sport Recife, who loaned him to Rapid Wien after a season.
During his two-year spell in the Austrian Bundesliga, the striker developed playing wise and physically to a level that allowed him to be an alternative in the attack of the Bundesliga squad earlier this (past) season at TSG.
Already from the first competitive match, he demonstrated a penetrating power, which eventually made him a regular player. During his so far 29 Bundesliga appearances he scored seven goals, he assisted seven others. He scored three times in the DFB Cup. He scored a goal during his five Champions League appearances for TSG.
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