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Jesus Gamez signs for Newcastle on two-year contract

Newcastle's fourth summer signing Jesus Gamez (GETTY PREMIUM)
Image: Jesus Gamez has completed his transfer to Newcastle

Newcastle have completed the signing of Jesus Gamez from Atletico Madrid.

The Spanish defender joins on a two-year contract and becomes the club's fourth signing under Rafa Benitez since their relegation from the Premier League.

Gamez is a full-back comfortable on either flank and brings experience to a defensive group that lost captain Fabricio Coloccini earlier this month.

The 31-year-old captained Malaga before leaving for Atletico two years ago.

"I am really looking forward to starting the next part of my career at Newcastle," he told the club website. "It was the right time to leave Atletico Madrid and this is the right move for me.

Newcastle's fourth summer signing Jesus Gamez (GETTY PREMIUM)
Image: Gamez is Newcastle's fourth summer signing

"We have an exciting project here, to bring Newcastle back to where it belongs, in the Premier League, and I am very happy to be a part of that."

Benitez said: "I am really pleased to bring Jesus here to Newcastle. He is a very good defender who can play on both sides, left and right.

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Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) vies wth Atletico Madrid's defender Jesus Gamez (R) during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona
Image: Gamez faced the likes of Lionel Messi while playing for Atletico Madrid

"He is experienced, I know he has great character and, importantly, he is an excellent professional. I am sure he will give balance to the team."

Gamez is expected to join new arrivals Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie and Matz Sels on a pre-season trip to Ireland this weekend.

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