20-year-old Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba has confirmed that he “will” join Newcastle this summer despite serious interest from clubs such as Borussia Monchengladbach and Atletico Madrid.
The Magpies have been splashing the cash since Steve McClaren’s arrival as the club’s new manager, with last season’s worrying relegation fight, perhaps, a motivating factor.
Dutch star Georginio Wijnaldum and promising Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic have already been snapped up, and it appears that the arrivals will not be stopping there.
Mbemba, a young full-back, has confirmed that although a move is not yet official he will be joining Newcastle this summer:
“The transfer is not finalised yet. There are still some details to work out but it will go (through) and I’m proud of myself.” He is quoted by the Chronicle.
“I worked very hard for it to arrive and it’s a childhood dream come true. In Congo, everyone dreams of one day playing in the Premier League.
“In my country, it is the place to be.”
Mbemba also revealed that clubs such as Atletico and Gladbach were interested in him:
“I went to visit (Borussia) Monchengladbach’s facilities. I had a good interview with their management, and the coach tried to sell it to me but the club could not pay what Anderlecht requested.
“Atlético have also made a offer, but it was refused for the same reasons.”
Mbemba’s words back-up claims from Mitrovic, who said (below) that the defender would be following him to Tyneside from Anderlecht.
McClaren’s need for fresh backline additions was made clear by the inclusions of both Shane Ferguson and Gael Bigirimana in a makeshift rearguard as the club lost a pre-season friendly to MLS side Seattle Sounders on Tuesday.
— Sp. Anderlecht news (@Sporting_AND) July 22, 2015