Former Schalke Player Sign with Newcastle
It seems as though Nabil Bentaleb was given a new lease on life after he signed with Premier League club Newcastle United on loan from Bundesliga club Schalke 04. He will play for the Magpies until the end of the current season and, if they like his performance, can be purchased for £8.5m thanks to an agreement between the two clubs.
Bentaleb hasn’t appeared in any Bundesliga match since April last year. This was due to him suffering from a knee injury that just doesn’t seem to go away. However, head coach Steve Bruce hopes that he will be able to jumpstart his career with Newcastle - after all, he did start it with Tottenham.
‘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’, said Bruce. ‘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’.
In a tweet, Bentaleb said that he was excited to wear the colours of such a historic club. It’s worth noting that he played in 66 games for the Spurs before being loaned to Schalke back in the summer of 2016. A year later, he was a permanent part of the side, where he would go on to make 97 appearances and score 19 goals, including a few Champions League matches.
He is excited to return to the Premier League as Newcastle make an attempt for the league table’s top half. ‘I'm very happy to come back to the Premier League, especially with a club such as Newcastle’, he said. ‘The project really interested me... The coach had some trust in me...and I think it's the perfect move for me’.
Words: Carlos Corpus