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

The 26-year-old Saint-Maximin scored 13 goals across 124 appearances for Newcastle

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Newcastle United's Allan Saint-Maximin. — Reuters
Newcastle United's Allan Saint-Maximin. — Reuters

Published: Mon 31 Jul 2023, 12:17 AM

Last updated: Mon 31 Jul 2023, 7:40 PM

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

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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