Merino settling in well at Dortmund

Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino says he already feels part of the Borrusia Dortmund family, following his move from Spanish Segunda Division outfit CA Osasuna.

Speaking to BVB Total, the 20-year-old, who officially became a Dortmund player on 1 July, says his team teammates have already made him feel welcome at Signal Iduna Park.

"I've been here a few days and I'm delighted with my new teammates," he said.

"They've taken me in. They're fantastic players, but they're all really nice guys who have made it really easy for me here."

Speaking on the language barrier, Merino explains how he has gotten around it thus far, having featured twice for Dortmund in pre-season friendlies against FC St. Pauli and TSV 1860 Munich respectively.

"It's a mix of English, German and Spanish, but it’s going well," he added.

"When the coach speaks in German quickly, I ask my Spanish-speaking teammates like Adrian Ramos and Gonzalo Castro."

The midfielder also commented on the main differences of playing styles between his former employers and the Bundesliga outfit.

"Obviously, they're two different playing styles.

"At Osasuna, the emphasis was on physical work. That's important here too, but there's more of an emphasis on what you do with the ball. Also the link-up play – we'll have to see how I get on," he concluded.

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