It hasn’t taken long for NUFC new boy Mikel Merino to become a bit of a hit on Tyneside and the Spaniard has been speaking to The Chronicle, who discussed his future at the club and revealed the details of his potential permanent move.
Here’s what the midfielder had to say when asked about his future at the club and whether he could possibly return to Dortmund next summer:
“Well, it’s a loan with a buyout option for Newcastle. We’ll see how the season progresses and how it all goes.
At the moment, what I am thinking is to improve and grow individually as a footballer, because I still have a lot of room to grow. That’s what I’m up to now.”
Merino then commented on the city of Newcastle, sounding like a man who is very happy on Tyneside both on and off the pitch:
“I really like the city, it’s very good. It is a beautiful city, with things to do, the people are very friendly and always have a smile from ear to ear. I’m very happy to be where I am, that’s the truth.”
“The city is very nice, the team is great, the coach is one of the best there is and I can learn a lot from him, so in the end it’s a place where I can learn a lot.”
After an outstanding display against West Ham, myself and several other NUFC fans stood up and took note of what a talent we may have on our hands in Merino – who also bagged an impressive goal and assist on Spanish U-21 international duty over the weekend.
The Chronicle have confirmed that a £1million loan fee was paid, but crucially, Newcastle are obligated to sign him on a £6million permanent deal IF he STARTS 20 competitive games for NUFC this season – and he’s already up to two after four games.
He looks a classy player and an old head on young shoulders. What a signing he could prove to be.
Mikel Merino. Could turn out a real coup for Newcastle. pic.twitter.com/GEFYsjsvl5
— Malte. (@PassDontShoot) September 2, 2017