There have been lots of rumors that Mikel Merino may want to return to Spain, but we’ve seen nothing coming from the Spanish U21 International that even hints at leaving Newcastle.
Mikel started his Newcastle career exceptionally well last season until late October when he suffered a back injury.
And when he was fit again, he couldn’t get much playing time this year with Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame forming an excellent partnership in central midfield.
But Mikel is only 21, and he will improve a lot in the future, and the youngster needs to be patient because he does have a big Newcastle future ahead of him.
Mikel Merino – it was a big season for me
Mikel has said this today on the Newcastle website:
“It has been a big season for me. It was my first season as a professional player in the highest division and, for me, I’ve learned a lot.”
“I’m happy because I’ve been in a really good group with really good players, learning in arguably the best league in the world.”
“And I think I’ve got a lot more things to improve.”
“But it’s been a very good first year for me.”
“When you play against the best players in the world, at this level, where every single thing and every single mistake counts, you learn a lot.”
“The pace, the tempo and the intensity is amazing, and with those minutes you play you learn a lot.”
“I think it’s going to be a really good season next season, and in the future.”
Merino played 25 times for Newcastle last season with one goal and one assist and as he says he improved a lot under Rafa’s guidance.
There may be a couple of bids coming in for him from Spanish clubs this summer, but we’d be shocked if Rafa lets him go.
He’s too good a player to let go especially when he’s still only 21.
Mikel Merino arrived at St. James’ Park from Borussia Dortmund last summer for about £6M – another bargain buy for the club.
He’s got a big future at Newcastle.