Rafa Benitez reacts to reports linking Mikel Merino with a return to Spain
Rafa Benitez has dismissed reports linking Mikel Merino with a return to Spain.
Marca claimed that the midfielder, signed on a permanent deal from Borussia Dortmund early this season, could leave Newcastle United before tomorrow night's transfer deadline.
Athletic Bilbao have been credited with an interest in the 21-year-old.
However, United manager Benitez will not let Merino leave St James's Park.
Asked about the reports, Benitez said: “No. I have some messages from Spanish journalists and they say no.”