Merino stated: “I am really pleased to be around, as well as for this area of the contract to finally be official. I am pleased to be around for five more many I really hope to help keep playing with this club and also to give good stuff to everyone and also the club.

Throughout his time with Newcastle up to now, he’s performed three occasions for Spain’s Under-21s and scored two times, such as the opener in Tuesday night’s 4-1 European Titles qualifier victory in Slovakia.

Manager Rafael Benitez told NUFC TV: “I am really pleased we’ve been in a position to bring Mikel towards the club permanently. He’s performed perfectly since he became a member of us.

Merino can get his latest opportunity to impress on Sunday when Newcastle visit Southampton, where they’ve won just once within the league since 1972.

“He’s moved in rapidly, provides extensive quality on your ball and it is keen to understand – that’s a crucial a part of his future development.”

“I’ve been focussed on football always, but it is best to know it is official and individuals knows it. I am focussed on my small displays and improving myself, and I am really pleased to have signed this contract.”

Such continues to be his form he won the club’s FUN88 player from the month award for August.

Merino was presented with his competitive debut for that club as an alternative within their opening Premier League defeat by Tottenham by which Jonjo Shelvey was sent off, and it has began every league game since.

The 21-year-old midfielder showed up at St James’ Park on loan in This summer with the potential of a complete transfer incorporated within the deal, and it has done this well on Tyneside the club has handed him a 5-year contract.

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