Mikel joins Real Sociedad on 5-year deal
Real Sociedad have completed the signing of midfielder, Mikel Merino from Premier League outfit, Newcastle United on a 5-year contract.
The Spaniard joined Newcastle on a permanent deal from Borussia Dortmund in October last year, after a loan spell, but started just 14 matches in the Premier League.
22-year-old Merino left Osasuna in 2016 but made only two starts for Dortmund in the Bundesliga before moving to England last summer. Mikel Merino now leaves St James’ Park for an undisclosed fee having made 24 appearances for Rafa Benitez’s side.
However, Mikel’s released clause has been valued at £10 million.
“I’m very happy and feel joy. I love this club, it is very close to Osasuna. I have been a fan since I was little,” Merino, who has signed a deal until 2023, told Sociedad’s official website.
“I am delighted to be here and I can’t wait to work with the ball.”
A message on the club website read: “Everyone at Newcastle United wishes the player the best for the future.”
Real Sociedad finished 12th in the Spanish top flight last season and are based in San Sebastian, just 50 miles from Merino’s hometown of Pamplona.
Mikel Merino started his career at Osasuna, scoring eight goals in total during his 67 appearances for the first team before joining Dortmund in 2016.
He has featured for the Spanish U19 and U21s national football teams. During the U19 2015 European Championship in Greece, he scored the first goal of the tournament in a 3-0 win over holders Germany.