Saint-Maximin becomes the latest player to join the Saudi League

AP , Sunday 30 Jul 2023

Allan Saint-Maximin became the latest player Sunday to swap the Premier League for the Saudi Pro League after leaving Newcastle to join Al-Ahli on a four-year deal.

Allan Saint-Maximin
Newcastle United s French midfielder Allan Saint-Maximin reacts to a decision during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St James Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on April 8, 2022. Photo: AFP

The former France youth international spent four years at St. James’ Park and departs for an undisclosed fee.

Saint-Maximin will team up with former Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino, ex-Manchester City player Riyad Mahrez and former Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy at Al-Ahli as the influx of top names to Saudi Arabia shows no sign of abating.

The 26-year-old Saint-Maximin scored 13 goals across 124 appearances for the Magpies, but the winger has struggled with injuries in recent seasons.

The deal to sell Saint-Maximin has drawn criticism with the Saudi Public Investment Fund having the majority ownership in both Newcastle and Al-Ahli.

“Everyone at Newcastle United thanks Allan for his contribution to the club and community and extends best wishes for the next chapter in his career,” Newcastle said in a statement confirming his departure.

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