Obertan joins Newcastle's French revolution
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Newcastle have completed the signing of Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan, the club confirmed on its website.

The former France U-21 international has joined the Magpies on a five-year deal after failing to establish himself as a Manchester United regular in two seasons at Old Trafford.

"Gabriel is a player I've watched for the last couple of seasons since he arrived at Manchester United," Newcastle boss Alan Pardew said.

"He has great pace and excellent technique and he has improved his power in the last 12 months and is ready now to make a real impact in the Premier League," he added.

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.
Gabriel Obertan, Newcastle signing

Obertan is pleased with the move, looking forward to the challenge of breaking into a new squad. "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. 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 percent. So I think I'm going to love it."

Obertan's signing makes the 22-year-old the fifth French-born player to arrive at St James Park this summer following the signings of Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid.