Massadio Haidara posts on Instagram after joining new club from Newcastle

Massadio Haidara of Newcastle United in action during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Oxford United and Newcastle United at Kassam Stadium on January 28, 2017 in Oxford,...

Defender Haidara was released by Newcastle at the end of his contract.

Image has been converted to black and white.) Massadio Haidara looks on during a Newcastle United training session at Newtown Park on July 24, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Massadio Haidara has posted on Instagram after penning a three-year deal with French club RC Lens, after being released by Newcastle United at the end of his contract.

The 25-year-old saw his contract at Newcastle expire last month after making just two appearances for the Toon's first team throughout the entire 2017-18 campaign.

Massadio Haidara of Newcastle United warms up prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Norwich City at St James' Park on October 18, 2015 in Newcastle upon...

A two-time France Under-21 international, Haidara failed to properly recover from a long-term knee injury that he suffered midway through his five-year spell at St. James' Park - joining The Toon from Nancy in January 2013.

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Haidara confirmed a move to RC Lens on Instagram, thanking his new fans for the support they had shown him following a move to the French club. It sees Haidara return to his home country, signing a deal until 2020.

Haidara joined from Nancy and worked his way into the first team, he managed 54 appearances in all competitions, but only five of those came in the last two seasons.

The French defender will be looking to help Lens avoid relegation from Ligue 2, with the club finishing six points above the drop zone in 14th place last season.

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