Newcastle sign Mikel Merino on permanent deal from Borussia Dortmund
Last Updated: 13/10/17 5:31pm
Newcastle midfielder Mikel Merino has signed a five-year contract after joining from Borussia Dortmund on a permanent basis.
The Spaniard originally joined on loan from Dortmund in July but the Magpies have now exercised an option to turn the move into a permanent transfer with immediate effect.
The 21-year-old is looking forward to continuing his development at St. James' Park after committing himself to Newcastle until 2022.
"I'm really happy to be here, and for this part of the contract to finally be official," he told NUFC TV.
"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 focused on football always, but it's good to know it's now official and people will know it.
"I'm focused on my displays and improving myself, and I'm really happy to have signed this contract."
Merino has impressed since joining Newcastle, quickly establishing himself as a regular under Rafael Benitez.
The Spain U21 international has featured in each of Newcastle's seven Premier League matches, starting the last six, and Benitez is delighted he has committed his future to the club.
"I'm really pleased we have been able to bring Mikel to the club permanently. He has played very well since he joined us," Benitez said.
"He has settled in quickly, has a lot of quality on the ball and is keen to learn - that is a crucial part of his future development.
"He has made a great impression at the club, and he is a good professional. He has confidence, but he is still young and has things to improve.
"He has to keep working hard and playing well, and hopefully he can improve and enjoy playing here."