In an official statement, Newcastle United have confirmed that Mikel Merino is now under a permanent contract at the club.

Arriving on loan in the summer, the midfielder is now contracted until summer 2022 at St James Park.

Getting his chance when Jonjo Shelvey was red carded against Spurs, the under 21 international has grasped the opportunity with both hands.

Along with Matt Ritchie, the pair have been Newcastle’s best players.

Great to have the news confirmed and hopefully Mikel Merino is on Tyneside until 2022 and beyond.

Newcastle United official statement:

‘Newcastle United have exercised an option to buy Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino, converting his loan move into a permanent transfer with immediate effect.

The 21-year-old, who initially joined the Magpies on loan from Borussia Dortmund in July, has now committed his future to United, penning a permanent five-year deal which will keep him at St. James’ Park until 2022.

Since arriving on Tyneside, the highly-rated Spanish under-21 international has impressed, featuring in all seven Premier League games so far this term on his way to winning the FUN88 Player of the Month award for August.

During his time at Newcastle, the former Osasuna man has also made three appearances for Spain Under-21s, scoring twice – including his strike in their 4-1 win over Slovakia on Tuesday.

Mikel Merino:

 “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.”

Manager Rafa Benítez:

“I’m really pleased we have been able to bring Mikel to the club permanently. He has played very well since he joined us. 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.”

  • MadMag83

    We’ve acted quickly for once!

  • Peaky Magpie

    Well done to all involved,a nice early Christmas present.

    • Kneebotherm8

      That’s the worrying bit.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    A definite positive move which had to be done because you never know what Shelvey will do next so this gives us some insurance.

  • Peter Stabler

    I’ll drink to that!

  • Kneebotherm8

    An absolute snip at under £10 million.

  • Grahame Johnson

    As its Friday the 13th, please laugh at all black cats that cross your path, great signing

  • Coble’s Return

    Very good signing indeed and at least with Rafa at the helm, the lad will have some decent guidance and be able to develop his whole game. I could never work out exactly what it was that Pardew did that unfailingly turned promising players into utter dross.

  • steve pearce

    Wonderful news indeed!

    Now this is confirmed we’ll see him in the number 10 position and Perez will be dropped until January when he’ll be sold to the Makems…..

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Great news that’s nearly fifty million spent on players so a big thank you to our Chairman. We got great money for the Thauvin, Handley and Murphy three players
    who were never going to kick another ball again so well done Ashley and Charnley give credit where it’s due.

    • steve pearce

      My God – the world’s only fan of the fat stinking bag of southern pus and his minions! 50 million to spend on players is a trifling amount for a club of our size. We are still without an effective striker, number 10 and a battling playmaking central midfielder. My advice to you is to get your head out of those admittedly beautiful sands and wake up and taste the coffee…

    • HarryHype59

      Meanwhile back on planet reality….. Thauvin was sold at a 4m loss..Hanley 2m loss and Murphy was sold for £2m less than NUFC paid for him.