Mikel Merino is set to stay at Newcastle next season, and if there are bids from some Spanish clubs interested in bringing him home, we expect they will be turned down by Spanish manager Rafa Benitez.
Merino is one of the top youngsters at the club at the moment and was a bargain buy at just £7M when he was signed late last summer from Borussia Dortmund.
He managed to play 25 games last season for Newcastle, and that’s not too bad at all for a 21-year-old still learning his trade.
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Last week Mikel spoke to Spanish station Radio Marca Navarra and said this about the rumors he may return to Spain:
“In every market there are rumors of all kinds – we are in that section of football at this time, and I take it that way.”
“Right now what I want is to enjoy the holidays with my family and what happens will happen, but now I just focus on enjoying myself.”
“I’m not worried about what happens; if something happens then the agents will call my parents and they communicate it to me.”
“But I’m not spending all day waiting for the mobile to ring.”
“I had a small injury last season, and then the decisions that the coaches take we have to respect.”
“They played other team-mates, who did well, and in the end the collective objective was fulfilled.”
“I cannot do more than what I did; train to be ready when I’m chosen.”
“On a personal level, I learned a lot during my first season in England. It’s been good for me.”
“Especially at the beginning of the season, when I played more and I was able to adapt to top-level football.”
“The competition that exists in the Premier League, where each game is a war and the pace is so high – it has been very good for me to learn.”
If Merino is to become a star on Tyneside he will need to improve, but his potential seems enormous, and he will be well coached by his compatriot Rafa Benitez.
He’s still young, and there is plenty of time for the youngster to come through big time at Newcastle.