The Dutch defender Sven Botman has officially joined Newcastle United from Lille on a five-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Friday. Botman was formerly at Lille.
Although the specifics of the cost were not made public, it was claimed in British media that the 22-year-old had signed for 35 million pounds, which is equivalent to $42.33 million.
Botman expressed his elation by saying, “I’m incredibly thrilled, excited, and I can’t wait to start this new experience.” To sign a deal with Newcastle United on what is easily the happiest day of my life is beyond words. I’ve been putting in a lot of effort to get to today, so naturally I’m really enthusiastic about it.
“Everything about the deal is just ideal. Now that I’ve joined the club, I can’t wait to get to know all of the supporters and my new teammates.”
After being purchased by a consortium headed by Saudi Arabia in October, Newcastle has a transfer budget that is much greater than it was before.
After acquiring England goalkeeper Nick Pope and fullback Matt Targett, they have added Botman as their third player since the end of the previous season.
Despite the fact that Botman has not yet competed at the senior level for the Netherlands, he was able to win the 2020-21 Ligue 1 championship during his time spent in France.
“I’m happy Sven is joining us. Coach Eddie Howe praised his player’s “outstanding mentality” as well as his “extremely excellent technique” and “really strong physical ability.”
Although he is just 22, he already has significant experience competing at the highest level, but he is still at an ideal age to continue developing with this squad. I am excited to get the opportunity to work with him and to observe him interact with the other members of his new team.