Great news today that Newcastle have signed Mikel Merino to a five-year deal after he played the number of games that would trigger the permanent signing of the Spanish U21 International from Borussia Dortmund.
He has played 6 first team games for Newcastle.
The loan deal had an option to buy for Newcastle after Mikel has played a certain number of games.
So, Mikel, this morning is now a permanent Newcastle player.
This is what the club announced on their website today:
The 21-year-old, who initially joined the Magpies on loan from Borussia Dortmund in July, has now committed his future to United, penning a permanent five-year deal which will keep him at St. James’ Park until 2022.
Since arriving on Tyneside, the highly-rated Spanish under-21 international has impressed, featuring in all seven Premier League games so far this term on his way to winning the FUN88 Player of the Month award for August.
During his time at Newcastle, the former Osasuna man has also made three appearances for Spain Under-21s, scoring twice – including his strike in their 4-1 win over Slovakia on Tuesday.
Mikel Merino – signed 5-year deal at Newcastle
Rafa is signing up core players who will form his side for the future at Newcastle, and he recently signed captain Jamaal Lascelles to a new six-year deal and now has signed the very impressive Merino to a long-term contract.
And this is what Mikel has said on nufcTV after his signing:
“I’m really happy to be here, and for this part of the contract to finally be official.”
“I’m happy to be here for five more years and I hope to keep playing for this club and to give good things to all the people and the club,”
“I have been focussed on football always, but it’s good to know it’s now official and people will know it.”
“I’m focussed on my displays and improving myself, and I’m really happy to have signed this contract.”
Manager Rafa Benítez added the following:
“I’m really pleased we have been able to bring Mikel to the club permanently.”
“He has played very well since he joined us. He has settled in quickly, has a lot of quality on the ball and is keen to learn – that is a crucial part of his future development.”
“He has made a great impression at the club, and he is a good professional.”
“He has confidence, but he is still young and has things to improve. He has to keep working hard and playing well, and hopefully, he can improve and enjoy playing here.”
This is an excellent signing for Newcastle United, and we’re sure Mikel is going to become a much better player as time goes on.
He’s already a very good player.