Mikel Merino has now left Newcastle United.
An official statement confirming on Thursday afternoon that he had signed for Real Sociedad.
The midfielder only played 1,343 minutes in the Premier League, starting 14 league games and another 10 appearances as a sub, with only the one goal – the late winner at home to Crystal Palace.
However, his early season form suggested he could be a real star of the future.
Sadly though, that is now going to be given a chance elsewhere.
A nice little message from the player himself, who has always come across well in interviews.
It does look all but certain that the main/only motivation is for him to get regular football.
Mikel Merino message to the Newcastle fans via his personal Instagram account:
“Thank you very much for this amazing year to all the toon family.
“Massive experience that I’ll never forget.
“Thanks to the outstanding fans, who made me feel at home.
“All the best for the future and Howay the lads!”
The Mag – Earlier Today (Thursday 12 July 2018):
Mikel Merino has left Newcastle United, less than 12 months since he joined.
An official Newcastle United statement confirming the transfer.
The move having first been revealed some weeks ago but taking a long time to happen.
Real Sociedad triggering a release clause, widely reported as being £10.5m.
Newcastle United Official Announcement:
‘Mikel Merino has completed a permanent move to La Liga side Real Socieded.
The 22-year-old leaves St. James’ Park for an undisclosed fee having made 24 Premier League appearances for the Magpies, scoring once in a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Merino initially joined Newcastle United on loan from Borussia Dortmund last summer before the option of a permanent transfer was exercised in October 2017.
The midfielder’s new club, which is based in San Sebastián – just over 50 miles from his hometown of Pamplona, finished 12th in the Spanish top flight last season.
Everyone at Newcastle United wishes the player the best for the future.’