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.​’

  • TheNutJob

    more dosh for Fatty, wonder where the 10 mill will end up, any idea`s lads

    • Peaky

      🚁🚁🚁 and 🤮🤮🤮 in the fireplace….

      • TheNutJob

        Mugpie`s back

        • Wezza

          Shame I saw what he said and had to sign in! What a tool David Lee is.

          • TheNutJob

            not quite all there

          • Wor Lass

            I actually know someone called David Lee who lives in the Monkseaton area and he`s a really good lad – he was also a decent footballer back in the day. If he`s Monksatan I`ll show Nutty`s face in Fenwicks` window!

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Like it always does on players or wages.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Couldn’t lie straight in bed

    • Wezza

      Just a hunch, taking out of the equation the past 11 years but I think I’m going for a stab in the dark at HIS POCKET!!
      It does not go on players wages.

      • TheNutJob

        not according to Monk Mugpie

        • Wezza

          Well he knows it all, he isn’t even an NUFC fan. Quite a character, him and his brother.
          Shame we all know where the money goes.

          • TheNutJob

            that`s bad news, he has a brother

    • Kneebotherm8

      It’s going under his bed with all the rest………..he canna sleep at night……..his nose is squashed up against the ceiling….

    • Peaco

      The s***** Direct benevolent fund for fat bar stewards.

    • East Durham Mag

      Barfed into countless fireplaces.🤮

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Kebabs & building new flats in Kensington or something I’d imagine

  • Mrkgw

    Thanks but adios. Hopeless.

    • Wor Lass

      I don`t understand why you say that. He played quite well for us when selected but struggled a bit for fitness then couldn`t dislodge Mighty Mo and Jonjo. He`s gone home to, hopefully, play football.

      • Mrkgw

        Probably needed to explain my thoughts better. Meant, Merino saying to us ‘thanks but I’m off’. Hopeless situation and waste of time. He needed more staying power and will only ever amount to a journeyman in football. In my opinion, granted. Yes, he did ok but not worth a second thought given his vanishing act.

        • Virsino

          Well, he did ok in a few games, and he was equally muck in an equal amount.

  • Mark

    Shame a good player and likeable lad. I can’t blame him for going home to get regular football

    • Desree

      He got regular football then was injured for months and couldn’t play.

      So he didn’t get picked for 10 games and spits the dummy out. Didi Haman showed more loyalty.

      We are a stepping stone club.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Thanks for the good month & 3 games.

    These letters & statements man, this is why I hate modern football..he wasn’t even here a year 😂

    • Desree

      It’s so we don’t boo him when he comes back to SJP

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Intertoto cup 2028 Newcastle vs Sociedad

  • ghostrider

    Thanks for the few decent games and sorry about the bad back situation that kept you out for most of your time here, but seems to be all fixed now..enabling you to move to a less physical league.
    At least we got our money back.
    I’d like to wish him well for the future but I’ll quickly forget he ever played for Newcastle United and will no doubt have to be prompted to search my memory with hints to bring him to the fore in just a few short years.

    • Mike D

      You won’t be allowed to forget about it if he does live up to the promise.

      • ghostrider

        It doesn’t matter. He wasn’t doing it for us so it’s irrelevant what he does elsewhere, as it doesn’t concern me from this point on.

    • Desree

      Hahaha, good one ghost.

  • Desree

    The clubs wage bill. How is it so high. We apparently struggle to compete on wages for players.

    Yet we are constantly told the wage bill is too high.

    How come clubs around us don’t appear to have similar problems?

    Also our wages haven’t increased, in fact we pay less since owen and shearer left, over the past decade.

    Yet TV revenue has increased significantly and we are running at a loss?

    Either every premier league club is about to go bankrupt or the fans are being lied to.

    • Down Under Mag

      Smoke and Mirror finances to hide the profits rolling off into Fatty’s accounts?? Only really feasible explanation surely.

      Having said that, I think Ashley is running the club on a shoestring with exactly what the club earn and other clubs are reliant on money they don’t necessarily have or bankrolled by rich owners who are actually willing to spend on their club. If the bubble bursts I suspect a lot of clubs will find themselves in a lot of financial trouble… doesn’t make it easier to be a NUFC fan at the moment as we get outspent by the likes of Fulham, Wolves and Burnley. I also think Ashley is scared to be investigated financially and therefore playing very much in the financial fair play rules while other clubs don’t seem to care. Then there is Ashley fully aware that another relegation is likely at some point and he is protecting himself against that eventuality as well…ironic given the only reason we find ourselves in that situation is because he won’t spend the money in the first place…bit of chicken and egg scenario…

    • Billmag

      It’s called cooking the books, billionaire’s employ the best accountants to do exactly that.

  • Foggy

    Often wondered if Rafa could’ve made him into a number 10 as he was too good to sit on the bench.

    • Mike Adam

      Totally agree Foggy, my thoughts exactly. Although the experts on here disagree.