Newcastle's Bentaleb happy to be back in EPL

Newcastle's Bentaleb happy to be back in EPL
Nabil Bentaleb

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Jan 22, 2020. 11:00

Algeria international Nabil Bentaleb is delighted after joining English Premier League side Newcastle United.

The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has joined the Magpies on loan from Schalke 04 for the rest of the season, with an option to make the deal permanent.

“I’m very happy to come back to the Premier League, especially with a club such as Newcastle,” Bentaleb told the club’s official website.

“The project really interested me. I wanted absolutely to come back to the Premier League.

“The coach (Steve Bruce) had some trust in me and the club also – I saw that straight away – and I think it’s the perfect move for me.”

The 25-year-old midfielder, who represented his country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, has previously played in the Premier League for Tottenham.

He made 66 appearances for the North London club – scoring his only goal against Newcastle in a League Cup tie in December 2014 – before moving to Schalke, initially on loan, in August 2016.

Bentaleb has made 97 appearances for the Bundesliga side, scoring 19 times, and has played in the Champions League for Die Königsblauen.

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