Mikel Merino is looked on as a potential future star at Newcastle, and he is already loved by the fans as Rafa pointed out in his press conference yesterday.
Mikel is an impressive young man who knows exactly what he wants to do in football and that’s to go to the very top.
Rafa yesterday said he thinks Mikel has the ability and drive to become a full Spanish International in the future.
At Dortmund, the manager there – Thomas Tuchel – didn’t seem to rate the youngster and he played only five first-team games for the top German club, and it was frustrating for him.
Mikel has already played more than that at Newcastle, and yesterday he made his move to Newcastle permanent when he signed a new five-year deal.
Mikel Merino at his press conference yesterday
Mikel gave a press conference yesterday, and he showed he is an ambitious, polite and upbeat lad who seems to love it already at Newcastle.
Mikel wants to learn from his one-year experience at Dortmund, and he had this to say about that yesterday:
“It depends on the confidence you have, and the confidence people have in you. It also depends on you and your capabilities.”
“If they think you are not good enough, then you won’t play. In Dortmund, I did not have the confidence of the coach.”
“Here, I think they all trust me and my abilities. That is the main reason things are different, because I am not a different player.”
“I am the same player as I was last year. The only difference now is that I am playing regularly, and I am doing it my way.”
“I still look back on my time there with good memories, always.”
“During the year, there were both good memories and bad ones, but it is always good to learn.”
“I look back on the last year and think I took a lot out of it.”
“It is always a good process to go through, and it helped me become the person and the player that I am today, and I am pleased to have lived that year.”
“It is hard when you are not playing and don’t have the confidence of those around you.
“It’s hard because you think you deserve it, and that you could improve the team and do good things.”
“But it feels like you are the only person who thinks that way, so you have to have a strong mentality and keep training and working.”
“Sometimes you are feeling bad, and you have to be around people you love and who love you, and can help you to go forward.”
“In Dortmund, I could walk down the street and no one would recognise me.”
“That is normal because when you are not playing, people do not know who you are, especially at a club like Dortmund where they have huge players with huge names that are known all around the world.”
“I am not saying that everybody has to know me, but here it feels very different and very good.
“Especially when a supporter comes up to you and says, ‘Ooh, you are a good player, nice to meet you’.”
“That makes you feel good.”
“For me, it is great that some supporters think that way! (I may be sold to Barcelona in future).”
“But I think I have to stay calm and just look to the next match.”
“I am going to be here for a long time, just enjoying this club and this team, and hope to do good things for them.”
Yes, Mikel is an impressive young man with his feet very firmly on the ground.