Mikel Merino says Rafa Benitez is deadly serious when it comes to getting the best out of his Newcastle United players, according to Mikel Merino.
The midfielder, signed on a season-long loan from Borussia Dortmund, is relishing the opportunity to play for Benitez.
“He’s a very focused person and a very serious person in his job,” said Merino, who scored for Spain’s Under-21s on Tuesday night.
“But then, away from the training ground, he’s a super, super normal guy who is always joking and speaking kindly when he needs to do it.
“I’m very happy to work under him.”
On his move to Newcastle, Merino added: “I’m enjoying it very much.
“To be able to be at this club, being selected and with things going well, overall I’m happy, because I’m playing football.”