Salomon Rondon has joined Rafael Benitez in China, and Newcastle fans have nothing but good things to say about the Venezuela international.
It’s rare a loan player has an impact quite like Rondon did on Tyneside last season.
Before the 29 year-old joined on a one-year loan deal, none of the Magpies’ strikers were trusted by Benitez, but that all changed when Rondon arrived.
He scored 11 times in the Premier League and added seven assists, producing the type of all-round displays that Benitez demands from his target man.
A medical was completed on Thursday, say Sky Sports, and Rondon had this to say about his time on Tyneside: “Being Newcastle’s no. 9 is certainly an honour that’ll always stay with me.”
After the powerful forward tweeted his thanks to the fans and clubs he has played for in England, calling Newcastle a “very special club”, fans took to Twitter to heap praise on their one-season wonder…
Good luck, Amigo! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/8Cy2vux1kI
— Adrian (@Adrian____29) July 19, 2019
Good luck lad. Thanks for everything.
— ????????? #nufc #AshleyOut (@HanoiToon) July 19, 2019
Good Luck King. Thank you for everything you done at Newcastle United⚫️⚪️❤️ pic.twitter.com/4Jg3ygeBvk
— Michael⚫️⚪️ (Fan) (@RoyaIShearer) July 19, 2019
Good luck big man ❤️⚫️⚪️
— max (@SimplyAlmiron) July 19, 2019
You’ll always have a place in our hearts Salo! pic.twitter.com/jRW49nk7Gw
— Dean Craze (@toonlad9) July 19, 2019
Good Luck Salomon. You were a worthy wearer of the shirt. Sad to see you go but very expected due to the parasite in charge
— Gav Peterson (@gavpeterson316) July 19, 2019
Good luck Salomon your welcome back at Newcastle anytime
— Emma (@emmazz2015) July 19, 2019
Good luck Ronny, go smash it over there with Rafa. See you soon hopefully
— Jack (@JackBryan08) July 19, 2019