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Star Player Moves Closer To The Door At Newcastle

Mikel Merino is getting closer to the door at Newcastle and his move to Real Sociedad for his release clause of £10M is almost completed.

His new manager at Sociedad Asier Garitano was appointed in May and has prioritized Merino as his top transfer target this summer.

Garitano has followed the talented youngster for several years and thinks the 21-year-old has the capability to become a great player in the future.

Mikel Merino with Rafa Benitez – goodbye son

This is what Asier Garitano has said when asked if the deal is done:

“Until it becomes official, no, and I think it still has not been finalised.”

“He’s someone I’ve know for many years, when we played against Osasuna with Leganes in the Segunda Division.”

“It could be a good signing for us. He has been at important clubs like Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle.”

And, at the age of 21, he has a great future ahead of him. We hope it can be completed.”

It’s worrying that we can lose a top youngster so easily.

But Mikel wanted a guarantee of first-team football at Newcastle and Rafa couldn’t (wouldn’t) promise him that.

Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame looked so good for us this year and one new central midfielder will be coming in this summer.

Mikel is ambitious and wasn’t willing to (potentially) spend a lot of time on the bench at Newcastle next season and that’s why he left.

He also left Borussia Dortmund for Newcastle last summer because of a lack of playing time in Germany.

We only want players who want to be at Newcastle, so that’s the way it goes sometimes.

But it’s still disappointing.

Comments welcome.

71 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 28, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    “Until it becomes official, no, and I think it still has not been finalised.”

    Matz Sels, Mbemba, now Merino – all agreed deals, all agreed fees, no official movement on any of them.

    Makes you wonder what kind of inbound deals are lined up waiting for a button to be pressed.

    I said 5 weeks ago we were in for an interesting couple of weeks. We weren’t. I think the next two weeks could be very interesting indeed.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 28, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Jail from previous, fair point, but sports science has moved on a long way from that era. There’s a far greater understanding on the effects of temperature and hydration on an athlete’s body and managers are more likely to pay heed to this kind of thing, so I’m not sure your comparison stands up.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 28, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s definitely splitting opinion the win or lose situation.

  • Reilly

    Jun 28, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Southern United couldnt give 2 shites.
    few pics doing the rounds of the new away strip.?

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 28, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Jail, yep defo. I can see both sides, but I don’t like the idea of playing for anything but a win, doesn’t sit right, no matter how attractive the potential quarter final draw might be.

    I wonder if the Belgians are having a similar debate?

  • beermonkey

    Jun 28, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #6


    There will be some. Tweaks but not wholsale changes

    Rashford in sterling out cahill in maguire out
    Henderson out diet in

    That’s what I reckon

  • geordietom

    Jun 28, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7


    i still think like you something in going on in the back ground m8

    Why was Rafa at the ground the other day ?

    on mitro to slow misses to many chances

    i read what dubaimicky said about rafa the other day but to his credit he did say take it with a massive pinch of salt.

    also the noise from within our club id deafening .

    howay ffs at least give us something a snippet of news

  • DaveD1000

    Jun 28, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Kane will want to push on. Midfield looks a wee bit suss to me so playing for anything other than a win would be a bad idea imho.

  • switch365

    Jun 28, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Read ‘Star player and was worried Lascelles had been sold.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 28, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #10

    To lighten the mood:-


    Brilliant, brings a tear to my eye

  • hibbit

    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #11

    any more pinch of salt updates/rumours,
    nowt new here as the clubs differently on lockdown

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #12

    beer, agreed – think rashford for sterling should have been done anyway.

    Strangely, if Belgium do come out and play, the game would be better suited to Sterling (and Vardy) than either of the two we’ve already played.

    Can’t help feeling the tactics haven’t been quite right yet, despite the positive results.

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #13

    Jail for Ashley
    “Italia 90 would have been bloody hot and Robson never rested players”

    Anyone else think that was a piece of ignorant pony ?

    Only Peter Shilton Des Walker and Gary Lineker played the full 720 minutes

    Other players who helped rest their team-mates

    John Barnes
    Peter Beardsley
    Steve McMahon
    Trevor Steven
    Gary Stevens
    Steve Bull
    Bryan Robson
    Tony Dorigo
    Neil Webb

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #14

    Jib from above

    Des Walker played every minute of every game?????

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #15


    Nothing doing here, not a squeak since last night.

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #16
  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #17

    In the 1990 World Cup, Des Walker was so outstanding
    that Gianni Agnelli was said to have bid up to £8m to take him to Juventus.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #18

    Funny how your perception of a player can be so heavily influenced by the last matches of their careers.

    Turns out, Des Walker was brilliant until Graham Taylor made him play in an unfamiliar defensive set-up.

  • Veltman

    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #19

    Jib – think you missed the track there.Jail has been in a good mood and was been talking sense lately.There are a lot of ignorant and unpleasant people that you should have been targeting and shoot.Thought you are better than that.Happy to give you names if you want to.

  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #20

    Resting players doesn’t mean your playing to lose, it means your resting players, in that heat I think it’s a good idea, another thing which could be helpful by resting players is that the players coming in would hopefully benefit from keeping there match sharpness which could be a huge plus if we have a good run in the competition and we then need them later in the tournament due to possible injuries and suspensions.

    Keeping everyone sharp cannot be a bad thing for me.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #21

    Winning and losing can become a habit. You get on a run and just keep winning, or get in a rut and keep losing.
    We’re on a winning run so I would suggest keeping that run going.
    If you intend to win the trophy you have to beat the best eventually.

  • Pottsclock

    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #22

    Sunderland rested most of their best players last season after the success of doing it the season before. In fact, some were even rested at other clubs.

    wrt England, the management on the spot with the medical team need to make the call. Some players prefer not to be rested – it can be better for them – others clearly not. But heat can be taxing, so either way I expect a lot of the non-regulars to be used tonight and the likes of Kane to be subbed at 60mins or so.

    Either way, I want and expect the team to play to win and hope both teams put a good game on. Players like Rashford should be playing for opportunity to be a starter in the following games and I think they will.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #23

    How can you put the words jail, talking and sense in a same sentence.

    Ha ha ha

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #24

    Only joking jail.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #25

    I think we should rest everyone, have you seen what can happen when you play that nasty, rough soccerball?


    The poor guy will surely never recover

  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 28, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #26

    Welshie……….. Intelligence is like underwear. It’s important that you have it , but not necessary that you show it off.

  • DaveD1000

    Jun 28, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #27

    So, thinking about this TV money coming in, what size screen are we getting?

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 28, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #28

    Veltman- whilst it probably does not matter in the great scheme of things, you are certainly correct that there a lot of ignorant and unpleasant people on here.
    Probably reflects society as a whole rather than the blog having an excess of these types of people.

    With the mass ownership of computers and mobile devices nowadays even “ya shyte and scumbags” have a voice.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 28, 2018 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #29

    Rob, pathetic innit mate? When you really get injured, you don’t roll around like that. The Brazilians are good footballers, but terrible cheats. They were at it all night last night. Pity VAR isn’t used to highlight that as well.

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #30

    Mister Tuff
    With the mass ownership of computers and mobile devices nowadays even “ya shyte and scumbags” have a voice.

    Sometimes the irony on here is magical !!!


  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 28, 2018 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #31

    England traditionally doesn’t contrive to lose games. It goes against the grain. It offends our sensibilities. We prefer to lose on merit, ha ha. Those shifty Belgians, on the other hand, will take to it like ducks to water I’m sure.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 28, 2018 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #32

    I come from a long and proud tradition of ya shyte and scumbags. I’ve actually brought shame and disgrace on the family, by earning an honest living.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 28, 2018 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #33

    Jib aka ‘geet lush’ should have added to my list “white trailer trash” so our fellow America posters from American would know you were included in my list.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 28, 2018 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #34

    The moral dilemma for Southgate is a real tricky one. If the intention from the outset was to go to Russia to win the World Cup then why would he risk his best players and the ones on yellow cards to win a game where the victory will reward us with a more difficult passage to the final.
    Brazil look good and are improving each game so avoiding them would be a huge advantage and could be construed as strategic planning which I’m sure is what Belgium will be doing. I can’t remember a game where both teams are trying to lose so it will be intriguing to watch.

  • lesh

    Jun 28, 2018 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #35


    Just thinking about the possibility that Rafa has committed to the club in the context of ST sales, if I wanted to boost them, I’d make sure the news of Rafa would be out by now with as little delay as possible.

    But then again, we are talking about a club ‘hierarchy’ that’s as dynamic as a cow patt!

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 28, 2018 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #36


    I’ve given up thinking about it, que sera sera and all that.

    I just mention stuff I’ve heard from people I trust.

    It’s the hope….

  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 28, 2018 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #37

    Anyone know who wins the group if it finishes 0-0?

  • geordietom

    Jun 28, 2018 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #38


    guess your mates on lockdown as well pmsl

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 28, 2018 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #39

    The game could result in a bore draw, with both teams trying to cripple each other to ensure they finish second.
    What should happen is to scrap this ‘winner of group A plays runner up of group B’ nonsense, thus avoiding this kind of scenario.
    They should put all the winners in one bag and the runners up in another and draw them out.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 28, 2018 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #40

    Betty, as, goal difference is identical it goes on fair play. We’re currently top because we only have two yellow cards and Belgium have three.
    Hence my post above.


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