Mikel Merino has given a lengthy interview in the Chronicle today, and he has talked about how he likes things in Newcastle.
Mikel says he likes playing for the club and he likes the City and the people of Newcastle.
Mikel has been short of match practice while he was recovering from the back injury he picked up in October.
But he got a full 90 minutes against Royal Antwerp last Sunday in the friendly game in southern Spain, so he’ll be a lot better for that.
A stern looking Mikel Merino – in training
The 21-year-old certainly seems to like things in Newcastle; this is some of what he’s said in the Chronicle today:
“It’s a new country, a new style of football, and I am learning a lot of things.” “I am learning things about life at the moment – not just football.”
“I’m in England and I am learning a lot.” “I am improving my skills as a person and human being as well, not just a footballer.”
“I am really happy for that and it’s different from Spain.” “And it’s a bigger difference from being in Germany.”
“Germany and England are both cold places, there’s not too much sun in the winter.”
“Newcastle people are awesome and really kind to me.” “I am enjoying the city.”
“It’s different for me as I am used to seeing more sun, eating different food, and it is hard to live without the things you are used to.”
“But I think I am used to living in Newcastle and enjoy it.” “The weather may be cold but the Geordie people are very warm.”
“They make it a warm city.” “That is the great thing about Newcastle, the people are so kind you don’t even know it has dipped beneath three degrees!”
Mikel had only just turned 21 when he joined us last year from Borrusia Dortmund – so it’s a massive change in his football and in his life to join Newcastle while so young.
But he seems to have adapted really well, and we look forward to seeing Mikel play in the remaining eight vital games of the season.