Newcastle United have confirmed the loan signing of midfielder Nabil Bentaleb for the rest of the season with an option to make the deal permanent this summer.
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This is what the 25-year-old had to say about signing for the Magpies.
“I’m very happy to come back to the Premier League, especially with a club such as Newcastle.
“The project really interested me. I wanted absolutely to come back to the Premier League.
“The coach had some trust in me and the club also – I saw that straight away – and I think it’s the perfect move for me.”
Bentaleb came through the Tottenham Academy where he made 66 appearances until he left for Schalke in 2017.
His experience in England played a big role in Bruce’s decision to bring the Algerian to Newcastle this month.
This is what the head coach had to say about his new signing.
“He’s somebody who I paid particular attention to when he was at Spurs, when he broke through and got a big money move to Germany.
“He’s played at the highest level now for the last four or five years but he will come in hungry and feeling he has something to prove and will give us the competition we obviously need.
“With the numbers that we’ve got at the minute, he’s got a bit of experience and I think people will enjoy watching him play. He’ll come into the squad and I’m sure he’ll be a good acquisition for us.
“The fact that he’s played in the Premier League before helps, because we know that he can play and knows what the demands of the Premier League are.
“He’s gone from the Premier League to Schalke and played in the Champions League as well, so we’re delighted to get him. It’s a great signing.”
This is an excellent first signing for this window. We hope to hear some positive news on Valentino Lazaro in the next few days as well.