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Hearts boss Levein welcomes Man Utd youngster Mitchell

Hearts boss Craig Levein is delighted with the arrival of Manchester United fullback Demetri Mitchell.

The 21-year-old penned a six-month loan deal with Hearts, and will fly out to join his new teammates at the Jambos' winter training camp in Valencia.

Speaking to HeartsTV, Levein said: “He is a very attack-minded left-back/left wing-back. He was a winger for most of his young career and Manchester United have moved him to left-back and left wing-back and he's adapted very well indeed.

“I feel quite confident in the left side of the defence, having Christophe there he's almost like one-and-a-half defenders, so we can be more adventurous on that side, I think.

“There's always a risk when you bring a young player in, but he's in amongst other young players so he'll feel quite comfortable in that regard, he won't feel the youngest, for sure.

“I've met him and he's a confident kid and very keen and eager to get started, and he's excited, and that excites me because sometimes when you speak to players about coming to the club and you don't get a good feeling about it, 99 times out of 100 you just pull the plug.

“This kid gave me a good feeling. He's desperate to get started, desperate to be involved and play men's football and show off his skills. I'm hoping that we can both be really good for each other."

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