Newcastle United have signed Mikel Merino on a permanent deal.
The club today revealed that the midfielder's season-long loan from Borussia Dortmund had been converted into a permanent move.
Merino – who quickly impressed after coming off the bench in Newcastle's season-opener against Tottenham Hotspur – has signed a five-year deal at St James's Park.
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The 21-year-old said: “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 focused on football always, but it’s good to know it’s now official and people will know it.
"I’m focused on my displays and improving myself, and I’m really happy to have signed this contract.”
Manager Rafa Benítez – whose side take on Southampton at the St Mary's Stadium on Sunday – is happy that Merino has committed his long-term future to United.
“I’m really pleased we have been able to bring Mikel to the club permanently," said Benitez.
"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."
Merino scored for Spain's Under-21s during the international break.
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