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Liverpool sign full-back Manquillo on loan

Updated: Wednesday, 06 Aug 2014 13:57 | Comments

Javier Manquillo wins a header for Spain against Mexico during the U-20 World Cup in Istanbul last year
Javier Manquillo wins a header for Spain against Mexico during the U-20 World Cup in Istanbul last year

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."

"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"

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.

He was initially a part of the youth set-up at Real Madrid before moving on to Atletico seven years ago.

Manquillo made his first-team debut in 2011 in the Copa del Rey, his Primera Division bow the following year and he was involved in Atletico's title-winning campaign last term, although his progress was disrupted by a neck injury.

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