Florian Lejeune thought he was being pranked when Rafa Benitez phoned to offer him the chance of a move to Newcastle.
The centre-back completed a move to St James’ Park on Tuesday, joining from La Liga side Eibar for a fee of around £8.7m.
Lejeune has experience of being signed by a Premier League club, having joined Manchester City in the summer of 2015, but he was loaned out to Girona straight away and then joined Eibar last summer.
“Getting a call from Rafael Benitez was absolutely amazing, and I could only say yes. It was like a dream,” Lejeune said.
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“As soon as Rafa phoned me, we had a good discussion and there was no question about whether to come or not.
“It’s always been a dream. I have played in Spain and France, and everyone was telling me that the English league was very important and very intense.
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