Newcastle United have confirmed Nabil Bentaleb has joined the club on loan from Schalke 04 for the rest of the season.
As revealed by the club, the deal will also include an ‘option to buy’ at the end of the season – with that potential future fee believed to be set at £8.5m according to Sky Sports.
Here’s what the former Spurs midfielder has had to say after completing a move to St James’ Park today:
“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.”
Newcastlle boss Steve Bruce has also reacted to the 25-year-old’s arrival, having this to say to the club’s official website:
“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.”
Welcome to the club, Nabil!