Newcastle have completed the signing of Jesus Gamez from Atletico Madrid.
The 31-year-old Spanish defender joins on a two-year contract, becoming the club’s fourth signing under Rafa Benitez since their relegation from the Premier League.
Benitez took over Newcastle for the final 10 games of last season and oversaw an upturn in form which yielded a six-match unbeaten run including a 5-1 victory over Tottenham.
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Commenting on Gamez signing, Benitez said he is a very good defender who can play on both sides, left and right.
He also added:
“He is experienced, I know he has great character and, importantly, he is an excellent professional. I am sure he will give balance to the team.”
Gamez said he believes it was the right time for him to leave Atletico Madrid and that he looked forward to starting the next part of his carrer at Newcastle.
“I am really looking forward to starting the next part of my career at Newcastle. It was the right time to leave Atletico Madrid and this is the right move for me.”
His former club paid tribute to him as they confirmed the transfer. Their statement read:
“From Atletico Madrid, we would like to thank him for his effort during the time he has defended our colours and wish him the best of luck in this new phase in Newcastle.”
Gamez joined from Malaga in 2014 and has made 289 appearances for the Malaguistas during a nine-season spell, before departing for Atletico Madrid in August 2014, where he helped them reach the final of last season’s Champions League.
Gamez is a full-back comfortable on either flank and brings experience to a defensive group that lost captain Fabricio Coloccini earlier this month.
He is expected to join new arrivals Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie and Matz Sels on a pre-season trip to Ireland this weekend.