Benitez In For Spanish International Defender

Newcastle have been linked with 33-year-old former Liverpool and Real Madrid full-back Alvaro Arbeloa all summer and there’s news tonight that we are in for the right back but AC Milan are also interested in him.

Arbeloa’s contract ran out at Real Madrid on Thursday and he is currently without a club and a free agent.

Alvaro Arbeloa

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid full-back Alvaro Arbeloa

A report in Football Espana says that Benitez is keen on bringing him to St. James’s Park as the local news today is that Rafa wants to bring in two full backs and a center-back over the next week.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez signed 33 year-old Arbeloa for Liverpool back in 2007 and Alvaro stayed for two years before rejoining his former club Real Madrid in 2009.

Rafa coached him again at Real Madrid for the first half of last season.

Arbeloa can play in either full-back position so he is versatile as well as having played at the highest levels during his career.

As well as AC Milan there is an unnamed Premier League side interested in signing the 33 year-old, but they are not named.

Arbeloa played 238 times in total for Real Madrid and 98 times for Liverpool and he’s also a hugely experienced player in Europe.

And of course Rafa Benitez wants to get Newcastle back into Europe just as soon as he can.

Arbeloa would be a great signing for us and he would add both experience and leadership to the Newcastle side.

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