Steve McClaren’s U-turn as Newcastle confirm starlet Olivier Kemen joins Lyon

Olivier Kemen
Olivier Kemen

Newcastle United have confirmed the departure of Olivier Kemen to Lyon.

The young French midfielder has completed a permanent move to the Ligue 1 side for an undisclosed fee.

The 19-year-old joined Newcastle from FC Metz in summer 2013 but did not make a first team appearance during his two-year stay on Tyneside.

Speaking last month, Newcastle boss Steve McClaren told the Gazette that Kemen’s future lay on Tyneside and that he liked the youngster.

But the Magpies have since decided to move the player on.

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