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.

Tuesday, 30th January 2018, 1:42 pm
Updated Tuesday, 30th January 2018, 1:45 pm
Mikel Merino

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.

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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.”