Newcastle Activate Option to Buy Mikel Merino From Dortmund Following Positive Start at St James

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Newcastle have activated their option to buy Mikel Merino from Borussia Dortmund following his great start to the season, with the Spaniard signing a five-year contract.

Merino originally arrived on a season-long loan from the German giants, searching for more playing time to further his progression.

And since his arrival on Tyneside, the Spaniard has been an ever present for Rafa Benitez’s side, although he is yet to register a goal or assist.

After signing his contract, Merino told ​NUFC TV: “I’m really happy to be here, and for this part of the contract to finally be official. I’m happy to be here for five more years and I hope to keep playing for this club and to give good things to all the people and the club.

“I have been focussed on football always, but it’s good to know it’s now official and people will know it. I’m focussed on my displays and improving myself, and I’m really happy to have signed this contract.”

Newcastle currently sit ninth in the league and are looking a stronger unit than many expected, with Merino’s calming influence in the middle of the park a key factor.

Many Magpies fans have reacted to the news with delight, as they see the 21-year-old as an important player for Benitez – also that their club are spending money and supporting their manager in the transfer market.