‘My brother’: Newcastle United co-owner responds to major exit confirmation

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This weekend Allan Saint-Maximin confirmed he will be leaving Newcastle United after four years at the club with an emotional video and tribute to the city and its fans.

After months of speculation, the winger signed off with the words “once a Geordie, always a Geordie,” confident he will continue to love and support the club.

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Now the club itself have officially confirmed the French forward will be moving to Saudi Pro League side Al-Ahli, joining the likes of Roberto Firmino, Riyad Mahrez and Edouard Mendy.

The past few days have been emotional for Newcastle fans, with players sending Maxi messages of love and support to their teammate.

And United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi has also had his say, tweeting: “Thank you for everything mon frère,” translating to ‘my brother.’

There had been speculation of Maxi’s exit for months as the footballer continually posted cryptic messages about his Tyneside future to his social media. Most were convinced he wouldn’t leave now, after the club secured Champions League football for the first time in 20 years.

According to reports, the completed transfer is worth around £20 million.

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