Ex-Newcastle defender Kevin Mbabu signs for Bundesliga side VFL Wolfsburg

24-year-old Swiss international Kevin Mbabu has signed a pre-contract agreement with VFL Wolfsburg
Image: Kevin Mbabu has signed a pre-contract agreement with VFL Wolfsburg

Former Newcastle United defender Kevin Mbabu has signed a pre-contract with German club VFL Wolfsburg, securing a four-year deal for an £8m fee.

Mbabu has signed with the Bundesliga club until 2023 after passing a medical on Thursday.

The Switzerland international has been a revelation at Young Boys in the past two seasons.

He helped them to their first Swiss title in 32 years, and then featured in the club's 2018/19 Champions League campaign in five out of their six group games.

The 24-year-old told VFL Wolfsburg's club website: "I'm really looking forward to this new challenge and the adventure in the Bundesliga.

"The facilities at the club are ideal for me to keep improving as a footballer at a high level.

"I obviously know the importance of the number 19 shirt, which Junior Malanda wore.

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"It's a big honour for me to wear that number. It goes without saying that it gives me extra motivation to give my all and earn the right to wear the shirt."

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During his spell at Newcastle United, Mbabu mainly featured in the Magpies' U23's development team but was handed a Premier League start by Steve McClaren.

He made three first-team appearances during his time at St James' Park before being released.

The Sw iss attracted interest from Southampton last summer during Mark Hughes tenure at St Mary's.

The right-back was also a transfer target for Fulham during the 2018 summer transfer window, with the Cottagers reportedly having a £7m offer rejected by Young Boys.

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