Newcastle United’s new star Obertan has a point to prove after moving from Man Utd

Alan Pardew and Gabriel Obertan
Alan Pardew and Gabriel Obertan

GABRIEL Obertan’s convinced he can finally fulfill his potential at Newcastle United.

The powerful winger’s move from Manchester United was today being finalised.

And Obertan – who has agreed a five-year deal at St James’s Park – will become the club’s fifth summer signing.

The 22-year-old has followed French countrymen Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid to Tyneside, where he hopes to put two frustrating seasons at Old Trafford behind him.

Obertan was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson after starring for France’s Under-21s in the Toulon Tournament two years ago.

However, Obertan – who could make his debut against Arsenal on Saturday – found his opportunities limited because of the form of the likes of Nani, Antonio Valencia and Ji-sung Park.

And he’s looking forward to a new start at Newcastle.

Speaking ahead of the completion of the move, Obertan told SportMail: “I’m just glad to be here – it’s great to think that I’m at my new club Newcastle.

“Each game I play here I will have a point to prove. I’ll be showing that in training every session, and, of course, in the matches.

“It won’t be easy because there are quality players here already. I just want to give 100 per cent at the club.

“(Alan Pardew) didn’t have to sell the club to me. I’ve spoken to a few friends about the move, and they told me about the passion of the place.

“I know the town and the people are always behind the club. I’m looking forward to see a match and how it plays out.”

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