Date: 16th July 2019 at 5:31pm
Written by: Tony O'Connell

Joselu may never have set the world alight during his time at St James’ Park, but loads of Newcastle supporters have been quick to wish the Spaniard well in his future endeavours having joined Deportivo Alaves on a three-year contract.

The striker leaves Tyneside after just two-years, having joined Rafa Benitez’s squad following our return to the Premier League for a reported £5million, along with putting pen to paper on a £40,000-a-week contract.

He had entered the final year of his deal with the Magpies, however, and has now returned to Spain on a permanent deal seven years after leaving Real Madrid’s academy for TSG Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.

The Chronicle believe the deal to take Joselu to the Mendizorrotza Stadium has set the Babazorros back close to £2.5million, although Football Espana have suggested the fee in mind is closer to €2million (£1.8million).

In return, Alaves have signed a 29-year-old forward who scored seven goals in 52 appearances for Newcastle across all competitions, with the second of his Premier League strikes for the Magpies securing the Toon a draw at home to Liverpool.

Joselu has now taken to social media to share his gratitude for how the St James’ Park faithful received him over the past two years, noting: “The time has come to say goodbye.

“I just can say thank you. Incredible Stadium, city, club and people. Wish you all the best for the upcoming season.”

Here’s how these United fans reacted to Joselu’s exit and his farewell message…

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