July 26, 2018 / 11:01 AM / 5 months ago

Newcastle sign Swiss defender Schar

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia - July 2, 2018 Switzerland's Fabian Schar during training REUTERS/Henry Romero/File Photo - RC15AF4E3AF0

(Reuters) - Newcastle United have signed Switzerland defender Fabian Schar from Deportivo La Coruna on a three-year deal, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

British media reported Newcastle activated a 3 million pounds release clause in the 26-year-old’s contract with the Spanish club.

Schar made 25 appearances for Deportivo in La Liga last season, having moved to Spain from Hoffenheim a year ago.

“I hope to start training with the team soon and I’m looking forward to everything that’s coming,” he said in a statement. “At the moment, I just want to get started.”

Schar featured in three of Switzerland’s four World Cup matches in Russia, helping his team progress from the group stage, before missing their last-16 defeat by Sweden through suspension.

The ball-playing centre-back becomes the Newcastle’s fourth recruit in the close season window as manager Rafa Benitez continues to operate on a tight budget.

Newcastle, who finished 10th in the league last season, begin their new campaign against Tottenham Hotspur on Aug. 11.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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