July 9, 2020
Diamonds win race to sign Robert
The Diamonds have landed a sensational transfer coup by securing the signature of French midfielder Thomas Robert amid interest from top-flight clubs around Europe.
The 19-year-old can play on either wing or behind the strikers, and joins Airdrie from Montpellier - the club where his father, Newcastle United and France legend Laurent Robert, began his stellar career.
The French side were keen to keep Robert, but the player rejected the offer of a four-year deal, instead seeking guaranteed first-team action. Offers from Ligue 1 and Bundesliga clubs followed, but Thomas has chosen to follow in his father’s footsteps with a move to the United Kingdom and we are delighted that he has rejected interest from high-profile suitors in the Scottish Premiership and English Premier League to begin his time on these shores at the Penny Cars Stadium.
Thomas told airdriefc.com: “I’m very happy to sign for Airdrie, it’s a club with a good structure and a good stadium.
“I think this is a good opportunity for me to come to the UK and play first-team football.
“When I met with the people at the club I got a good feeling from them - and for this reason I think it will be a good platform for me to come and show my abilities in a competitive league.
“I can’t wait to get started!”
And Director of Football Stuart Millar said: “We are delighted to acquire the services of such a talented young player. Thomas could have joined any club in Europe but showed a desire to continue his football education at Airdrieonians as part of his longer-term plan of joining a top club in the UK - a decision we are naturally thrilled about.
“Thomas will excite our fans with his pace and dribbling ability, although we must allow him time to settle in a new country.
“We are very grateful to his representatives for entrusting our club with such a gifted young player.”
Needless to say, everyone at the club is excited at the prospect of seeing Thomas wearing the Diamond, and we are delighted to welcome him to the club. Bienvenue à les Diamants, Thomas!