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Official: Newcastle sign Federico Fernández from Swansea

Newcastle have this evening announced the signing of Federico Fernandez from Swansea City for an undisclosed fee.

Fernandez has signed a two-year contract with the Magpies.

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‘I’m really happy to be here’

29-year-old Fernandez has had a long playing career around Europe including a spell at Napoli where he played 64 games, in which he scored two and assisted one.

He also worked with Benitez while playing at Napoli.

Speaking about his arrival on Tyneside, Fernandez stated,

“It was a long day but I’m really happy to be here.

 “It’s a new challenge in my life and I’m very excited to meet all the players and staff here.”

Newcastle manager Rafa Benítez also comented upon signing Fernandez.

 “I know Federico well from our time together at Napoli and it was an easy decision to bring him here.

 “He is experienced, a very good professional and he will add competition in defence.”

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – MAY 13: Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Super season

When Newcastle United won promotion to the Premier League in 2016/17, many people believed they would struggle to stay up due to the lack of money spent on their squad.

On the surface, Newcastle do not exactly seem blessed with top Premier League talents. However, Rafa Benitez was able to guide what is quite an average Newcastle side to a 10th place finish in the Premier League.

A big part of why Newcastle were able to finish so high in the table was due to the performances of club captain Jamal Lascelles and a few other key players.

Now, however, given Newcastle finished in an impressive 10th place last season, they needed to bring in a few fresh faces in order to improve on their 2017/18 season and Fernandez could certainly help them do so.

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