Cape Town - Newcastle United have completed the loan signing of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mikel Merino.
The 21-year-old Spanish under 21 international, who joined BVB from
Osasuna in 2016, will spend the 2017/18 season with the Magpies.
He joins fellow new signings Jacob Murphy, Javier Manquillo,
Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune, Stefan O’Connor and Josef Yarney at the
Speaking to the club's official website, the new signing said: "It
feels good and I'm very happy to be here, to be part of this club. I'm
looking forward to touching the ball, meeting my new team-mates and
starting to play football.
"I know it's a great club and a really nice city. I had different options but I think this is the right place for me to play."
An excited Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez added: "Mikel is a
midfielder with talent, an under-21 international for Spain. He's a good
size, has quality on the ball and he's very, very focused and
"Hopefully he's the kind of player we can improve a lot - he certainly has the mentality to get better and better.
“He comes from a top side in Dortmund and although he did not play
too much last season, he was signed as a young, talented player and to
be signed by a club like that shows that he has something good. He has
to show what he has, and hopefully he can enjoy playing here for a long