There’s news in the Chronicle today in an interview from Rafa Benitez that the deal to make Mikel Merino’s move to Newcastle permanent next summer will be done easily.
That’s always assuming that Mikel keeps up the excellent form and potential he has shown at Newcastle in the first five games of the season but if anything we expect Mikel to get better under the guidance of Rafa Benitez as the season progresses.
Mikel Merino is on a season-long loan, and there are some questions about whether the loan deal with Borussia Dortmund has an option to buy or an obligation to buy.
There have been reports that once he had played 20 games for Newcastle, we would have to sign him for around £6.5M, but that may not be accurate according to the Chronicle.
Mikel Merino – permanent deal in the summer will be easy
In any case, the main thing is to be able to sign the 21-year-old next summer, and he will be the second player in successive seasons to sign permanently after a season loan spell.
Christian Atsu did that last summer, and he looks a better player this season and like Mikel – has a passion for being successful at Newcastle.
That cannot be bad.
Mikel’s form and Newcastle’s three-game winning streak have lifted the spirits of Newcastle fans over the last few weeks.
If we can win at Brighton tomorrow, which will not be easy, we may even start to talk about the Champions League and all that daft stuff.
Getting back to reality here’s what Rafa said yesterday as reported in the Chronicle:
“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,”
One reason Rafa is such a good manager is that he keeps the players’ feet firmly on the ground and doesn’t get carried away.
Some of that also passes onto the fans – so we are all trying to keep calm about how the team looks better almost every week under Rafa.
It can be difficult.