The Frenchman joined United two years ago for £3m, much to the surprise of his manager, Laurent Blanc, who didn’t think he was good enough for us.
He’s played just 28 games in all competitions in the past two seasons and despite showing some potential, isn’t prepared to bide his time to see if he makes the first team. At just 22-years-old, I do wonder if he’s being a bit hasty, but wish him all the best regardless.
“I spoke with some of my friends and Newcastle is a big club with history in England, so it’s a great move,” said Obertan. “I’m just really happy to be here because this is still a big club for me. It wasn’t really a difficult decision to come here. I spent two good years in Manchester but it was a bit difficult with the competition and I really needed a club where I could play more games. I know it won’t be easy to play each game here, because there’s a good group, but I want a fresh start in my football.”
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