"I'm here now" - Lewis Hall reflects on exciting Newcastle future as £28m Chelsea move triggered

Lewis Hall has revealed he is looking forward to a bright future as a Newcastle United player with his £28million move from Chelsea due to be confirmed.

The criteria for Hall's transfer from the Blues to Newcastle was for Eddie Howe's side to finish 14th or higher and for the 19-year-old to be named in 30 or more squads, with United and Hall now achieving both of those milestones. And Hall, who recovered from a muscle injury to come on as substitute in the 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, is now looking ahead to the next stage of his career.

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Hall told Chronicle Live: "I am here now as a Newcastle player and I really enjoy it. The future looks really good for the club with so many young and talented players. It is going in the right direction."

Hall was also asked his preferred position after being used in various roles down the left-hand side. The England youth international reflected: "I played a lot of my early senior appearances at left-back or wing-back. But I like to be versatile and play in other positions if required.

"I used to be a midfielder when I was younger but wherever the gaffer wants me to play I will play."

Howe was asked about his thoughts on Hall completing the move to St James' Park recently and said: "In terms of my thinking, I’m preparing for Lewis to be at Newcastle for many years.

"He was always brought in with a long-term view, not as a short-term signing. He is a long-term signing. We have always believed in him and his quality and we have been working really hard with him on his game.

"He’s a really talented lad. He’s got a couple of things to continue working on as all the players have. I believe in him. My vision for him is he will be at Newcastle for many years."