Rafa Benitez has offered a reassuring update on Mikel Merino’s potential permanent move to Newcastle, revealing that his permanent transfer from Borussia Dortmund will be “easily” tied up at the end of the season – as long as he keeps on performing during his loan spell at the club.
Merino arrived this summer as a relatively unknown quantity, however it’s taken a matter of weeks for the Spanish U-21 international to become an instant hit on Tyneside, with several classy displays making him look more and more like one of the bargains of the season.
Reports from Germany have suggested that a £2.7m loan fee was paid, with Newcastle having an obligation to sign him permanently for an additional £6.5m once he makes 20 appearances.
He’s well on his way to that and it’s always seemed likely he’d sign, but here’s what Rafa Benitez has had to say about the deal to clear up the matter once and for all:
“If he’s doing well on the pitch, the contract situation will be sorted out easily.
What he has to do is keep on playing well and not being over-confident.
If he continues to do well, he will have all the chances to stay,”
I’m sure I speak for everyone in saying it’s music the ears to here this from the gaffer himself.
We saw Loic Remy sign for Chelsea the year after an impressive loan spell at St. James’ Park in 2013, so it’s a relief to hear Merino WILL sign permanently provided he keeps impressing the boss.
I must admit that if he is to keep up this level of performance, I fear it may not be long until a top club starts sniffing around for his signature, but for now let’s just enjoy having such a talented young player on our books!