Mikel Merino signs Newcastle United deal

Mikel Merino joined Newcastle United on what initially was a loan move from Borussia Dortmund, as the Spain U21 global did not have enough space to feature regularly on the Bundesliga giants.

The Spaniard originally joined on loan from Dortmund in July but the Magpies have now exercised an option to turn the move into a permanent transfer with immediate effect.

Merino's deal becomes a long-term one due to a clause triggered in his contract through the amount of Premier League appearances he has made. Listen to the latest episode and subscribe to the podcast on Deezer and iTunes.

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"I have been focused on football always, but it's good to know it's now official and people will know it".

However, Merino took the decision to sign for Newcastle United on loan, and with him now joining the Premier League outright, Valencia's hopes of signing the player look to have gone.

Benítez said he is "really pleased we have been able to bring Mikel to the club permanently".

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Newcastle coach Rafa Benitez says, "He has settled in quickly, has a lot of quality on the ball, and is keen to learn". He has made a great impression... He has confidence, but he is still young and has things to improve.

And no, Merino is not coming back to Dortmund.

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