Newcastle United have confirmed that they have completed the signing of Italian left-back Antonio Barreca on loan from AS Monaco until the end of the season. Both clubs have announced that the deal includes an option for the 23-year-old to join Newcastle on a permanent deal this summer.
“I am very happy to be here. I have accepted this challenge with a great deal of enthusiasm and I can’t wait to start,” the former Italy under-21 international told the club’s official website. “I know that Newcastle is a big and historic club. I know that the people here really love football and that the fans are really behind the team.”
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is happy to have signed the defender: “The left-back/left-wing-back position is one we’ve been looking to strengthen for a while and he’s an Italy under-21 international who we know has quality, good delivery and is good going forward. He has the attributes, he has the quality and he has the characteristics that we look for.”