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Manquillo's in seventh heaven after Liverpool move

By Carl Markham

Liverpool announced another high-profile loan move yesterday with the capture of the Spanish defender Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid on a two-year deal. The 20-year-old right-back has been with La Liga champions Atletico since 2007 and has represented his country at youth levels.

"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," he said.

"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, who was part of the youth set-up at Real Madrid, is the seventh signing Liverpool have made this summer, following the arrival of the three Saints, Lambert, Lallana and Lovren, along with Emre Can, Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi.

The Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina finalised his move away from Anfield to the Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich yesterday.

Juventus defender Mauricio Isla has joined QPR on a season-long loan deal.

The 26-year-old Chilean has received a work permit/governing body endorsement from the Football Association and is currently back in Italy to obtain his working visa.

R's boss Harry Redknapp said: "He's a top player and we're delighted to have him here.

"He showed his quality in the World Cup for Chile and it's a great loan signing for us.

"He's a versatile player, he's full of energy. I'm confident he'll be a really big asset for us this season."

Isla, who has made 51 appearances for his country, said: "I am very happy to be here. This is the start of an exciting new adventure for me.

"Everybody knows that the Premier League is the greatest league in the world and the QPR proposal is very interesting and one I am very excited about.

"I hope this coming season is going to be great for both the club and myself. I will give 100 per cent in every game to help QPR in the Premier League."

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