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Ex-Man Utd winger Obertan convinced Newcastle a great move

Former Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan is pleased to be joining the French contingent at Newcastle United.

The former Bordeaux attacker described the switch as "a great move" despite leaving the current Barclays Premier League champions.

He told his new club's website, nufc.co.uk: "I spoke with some of my friends and Newcastle is a big club with history in England, so it's a great move.

"I'm just really happy to be here because this is still a big club for me.

"It wasn't really a difficult decision to come here.

"I spent two good years in Manchester but it was a bit difficult with the competition and I really needed a club where I could play more games.

"I know it won't be easy to play each game here, because there's a good group, but I want a fresh start in my football."

He added: "I've heard a lot about the fans, the atmosphere, the passion around the club and the way the city is just behind the club 100%.

"So I think I'm going to love it."

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