Liverpool sign Spain’s Javier Manquillo

The 20-year-old has been with Athletico Madrid since the 2007 season

Olympiacos FC Coach Michel (L) and Liverpool Coach Brendan Rogers, who has signed Manquillo from Athletico Madrid. Photograph: David Banks/Getty Images

Olympiacos FC Coach Michel (L) and Liverpool Coach Brendan Rogers, who has signed Manquillo from Athletico Madrid. Photograph: David Banks/Getty Images

 

Liverpool have announced the signing of Spanish full-back Javier Manquillo on a loan deal from Atletico Madrid.

The 20-year-old right-back has been with current Primera Division champions Atletico since 2007 and has represented his country at various youth levels. He told liverpoolfc.com: “I’m very happy to have signed for a club like Liverpool. “I think it’s one of the biggest in Europe. Any footballer would want to come and play here.”

It is understood that the loan is for two years, and Manquillo hopes he can be a Liverpool player for the long-term.

He said: “When they tell you Liverpool want to sign you, I think like any player, you are going to be absolutely amazed and you don’t think of anything else than going straight there.

“The immediate objective is to do the best I possibly can here.

“I’ve come here to try and secure a place for myself in the side and, if possible, stay here for many more years in the future.”

Manquillo is the seventh new signing the Reds have made this summer, following on from Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren and Divock Origi.

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