According to Estadio Deportivo, Mikel Merino has told friends and family that he wants to leave Newcastle United this summer in order to secure a return to Spain.
The story states that he’s planned ‘talks’ with Rafa Benitez to enable his exit after ‘confessing to his inner circle’ that he wants to leave the club this summer.
With there being a new story every day on Merino’s situation, we’ll take these claims from Spain with a pinch of salt for now – however there’s often no smoke without fire.
I think this applies here. A recent interview of his suggested as though he was up for the challenge at NUFC and ready to fight for his place next season, but the constant talks of him returning to his homeland makes you wonder if he really is unsettled.
Athletic Bilbao, Real Betis and Real Sociedad have all been heavily linked in recent weeks and those rumours have been coupled with claims we’ve been trying to sign Lille’s Thiago Maia – a midfielder in a very similar mould to Merino (suggesting we’re preparing for his exit).
It would be a real shame to see him leave so soon after showing such promise just last year – although there’s no point keeping a player who doesn’t want to be here.