‘Incredible’ former Newcastle United star finds new club after brutal December release

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The former Newcastle United defender is on the move the Middle East.

Former Newcastle United central defender Federico Fernandez has found a new club for the second time this season.

After a frustrating 2021-22 campaign with injuries, the 33-year-old ended his four-year spell at St James’ Park last summer by joining La Liga outfit Elche CF.

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However, his time in Spain turned into a nightmare with fitness issues restricting the Argentine to just one appearance.

Former Newcastle United defender Federico Fernandez. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Former Newcastle United defender Federico Fernandez. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Former Newcastle United defender Federico Fernandez. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Elche took the decision to terminate Fernandez’s contract in December, but he’s since found a new club - joining Qatari side Al Duhail, who are managed by Chelsea star and fellow countryman Hernan Crespo.

Fernandez made just two appearances under Eddie Howe but was a much-valued and well respected figure behind the scenes.

“What an incredible professional, great guy,” said Howe in September. “I can’t speak highly enough of him and his contribution to the football club over many years.

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“Unfortunately for us, he picked up a couple of injuries so we didn’t get to see a lot of him on the pitch but behind the scenes, he’s been incredible for us and he goes with our best wishes.”

The former Swansea City and Napoli defender made 89 appearances for Newcastle after being signed by Rafa Benitez in 2018.

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