Official: Gamez joins Newcastle

Newcastle United have announced the signing of defender Jesus Gamez from Atletico Madrid on a two-year contract.

Games arrives for an undisclosed fee from Atleti, where he made 18 appearances across two seasons, and becomes Rafa Benitez’s fourth summer signing at St James’ Park as the Magpies prepare for a season in England’s second tier.

“I am really looking forward to starting the next part of my career at Newcastle,” he told the club’s official website.

“It was the right time to leave Atletico Madrid and this is the right move for me.

“We have an exciting project here, to bring Newcastle back to where it belongs, in the Premier League, and I am very happy to be a part of that.

Benitez added of his newest recruit: “I am really pleased to bring Jesus here to Newcastle. He is a very good defender who can play on both sides, left and right.

“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.”

The 31-year-old is perhaps better known for his nine-year association with Malaga, having played 256 matches for the Andalusians until his departure in 2014.

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