Bentaleb ‘very happy’ to secure PL return with Newcastle United

Joe Williams
Nabil Bentaleb Schalke

Newcastle United have completed the loan signing of Schalke midfielder Nabil Bentaleb.

The 25-year-old Algeria international will spend the rest of the season with the Magpies, who have an option to buy him – the fee is understood to be in the region of £8.5million – in the summer if he impresses head coach Steve Bruce.

Bentaleb, who was on Tottenham’s books for four years before joining Schalke in 2016, said: “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.”