Newcastle United secure signing of international defender Chancel Mbemba

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Congolese international defender Chancel Mbemba has signed for Newcastle United on a five year deal from Belgian club Anderlecht.

The fee is thought to be in the region of £8 million and the move comes after the FA granted the 20-year-old a visa this afternoon. 

Speaking after the move was made official, Mbemba - primarily a centre back but who has in the past been utilised in the right back role - sounded delighted with to be on Tyneside.


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"I'm very, very happy to be here," he told Newcastle's official website.

"This is the biggest league in the world and i'm very proud to wear the shirt for this team and play in this league."

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Magpies boss Steve McClaren was effusive in his praise for the highly regarded youngster, declaring that he was "delighted" to sign a "powerful, combative" player who fans will love to watch.

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The move will be seen as something of a coup for one of the most highly regarded young centre backs in Europe, Newcastle seeing off competition from the likes of Atletico Madrid and Borussia Monchengladbach to gain his signature.

Mbemba joined Belgian giants Anderlecht in 2011 and, after rising through the youth teams, established himself as a key member of a side who were crowned Belgian Pro League champions in 2014 and lifted back-to-back Belgian Super Cups in 2013 and 2014.

The Congolese international will not be available for this Saturdays final pre-season friendly against German side Borussia Monchengladbach as he still needs to obtain a work permit.

However after the formality he will join up with his team-mates ahead of the Toon's season opener against Southampton on the 9th August.

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