Newcastle and Aston Villa-linked defender Aymen Abdennour signs for Valencia

New Valencia signing Aymen Abdennour was linked with a move to Newcastle United and Aston Villa.

As confirmed by the club’s official site, Valencia have signed in-demand defender Aymen Abdennour from Ligue 1 side Monaco.

The Tunisia international was one of the most sought-after defenders this summer, attracting reported interest from a host of clubs including a batch from the Premier League.

According to a report in the Sunday Times last week, Newcastle United and Aston Villa were the latest to be plotting moves for the centre-back with an £18 million asking price mooted.

Newcastle and Villa have already been busy on the transfer front this summer, especially the latter with as many as 10 players moving to Villa Park on permanent deals.

Despite the duo’s reported interest in Adbennour, the player on more than once occasion stated his desire to leave Monaco for a Champions League club only and he has finally been granted his wish.

As confirmed by Valencia and also via the player’s very own Twitter account, the 26-year-old has joined the La Liga giants on a five-year deal and spoke of his delight at the move.

“Valencia is a huge club and I’m happy to be here, I had no doubts. I’m going to give everything for this club and I’m delighted to have joined the best league in the world,” he explained to the club officials.

Los Che have Champions League football to look forward to this season and after making some solid summer signings, they are widely tipped for another top four finish in Spain’s top flight.

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