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Saint-Maximin leaves Newcastle to sign for Al Ahli

Allan Saint-Maximin has become the latest player to join the Saudi Pro League after leaving Newcastle for Al Ahli.

Rushhoursport understands Al Ahli, run by the country's Public Investment Fund (PIF) which also owns Newcastle, have paid a fee in the region of £23m.

Saint-Maximin penned a heartfelt message to Newcastle supporters on social media on Saturday.

The 26-year-old follows Riyad Mahrez to Al Ahliand will form an attacking frontline with the former Manchester City winger and ex-Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino.

Saint-Maximin scored 13 goals in 124 games and registered 21 assists after joining Newcastle in August 2019 from Nice.

He made 25 Premier League appearances last season as the club qualified for the Champions League with a fourth-placed finish and also featured six times on the way to Wembley in the Carabao Cup.

In an emotional social media post, Saint-Maximin wrote: "I fell for Newcastle, I had great opportunities to leave during dark days, but that was too late I was already in love, I wanted, I needed, I had to stay for helping my team to save the club from Premier League relegation because it meant the world for me.

"Of course, during those dark days some may have had their doubts, but I always believed in this club and look where we are today, it's just so beautiful. I'm leaving Newcastle as it should always have been and that's my greatest trophy because I was a part of it.

"Even though this chapter has ended, the story never stops. Newcastle is home now. I'll continue to be your biggest supporter."

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