Liverpool FC have completed the signing of Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid. The Spaniard has been signed on a two-year loan deal, with an option to buy.

Javier Manquillo became Liverpool’s seventh signing of the season as the 20-year-old completed his move to Anfield on a two-year loan deal from Atletico Madrid. The Merseyside club  also have the option to make the move permanent after the first year.

Manquillo progressed through the youth ranks at Atletico Madrid and made his debut for the first team in 2011. But the right has had limited opportunities at Atletico since then and last season he made only three appearances in the league with experienced right back Juanfran being preferred over him.

But the Spanish U-20 international is highly rated in this nation and has made gradual progress through Spain’s youth system. He faced an uncertain future at Atletico though, as he looked to gain regular first team action. A host of clubs were monitoring his situation and both Arsenal and Liverpool were linked with him.

The Gunners eventually pulled off the race and signed Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers, but Liverpool maintained their interest as Brendan Rodgers saw him as the long-term replacement of Glenn Johnson, who has been inconsistent with his performances. The Merseyside club eventually signed him on a two-year loan deal, with an option to make the move permanent at the end of first year itself.

“Liverpool FC have today completed the loan signing of Spanish youth international Javier Manquillo from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid” – The club announced on their website.

Manquillo expressed his delight at having secured this move and insisted his first objective is to find a place in the first team.

“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.

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 said in his first interview.