Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

United Get Their Man as Signing Fires Jibe at Rival Cats

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

United Get Their Man as Signing Fires Jibe at Rival Cats

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Byline: LEE RYDER Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@trinitymirror.com @lee_ryder

NEWCASTLE United new boy Javier Manquillo says he is joining the "biggest club in the North East" after playing for Sunderland last season.

The 23-year-old has completed his move from Atletico Madrid and signed a three-year deal with the Magpies.

Manquillo will now hope to make his Toon debut in the coming days against Preston North End or Bradford City.

The arrival of Manquillo has resulted in a few verbal volleys on Twitter from Sunderland fans - but Manquillo has already made one controversial move in his career when leaving Real Madrid to join Atleti.

After signing for United, Manquillo said: "When I went from Real Madrid to Atletico I was very young, so making that change was different.

"More recently I played for Sunderland but now I have the opportunity to join this club, the biggest club in the North East.

"I already know the city - I was even living near the city centre so I will have no problems in adapting quickly."

Manquillo cut a delighted figure after his move to Tyneside was completed, especially following a tough season with Sunderland.

However, he knows what England's top flight is all about, adding: "The fact I know the Premier League is going to help me to adapt more quickly from the first moment.

"It is one of the biggest leagues in the world.

"The fact so many clubs are playing not to be relegated and so many are playing to be champions is one of the positives about the league."

Manquillo arrives at United to provide full-back cover but hopes he can become a better player under Rafa Benitez. …

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