Newcastle sign Dortmund midfielder Merino

Newcastle United have completed the loan signing of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mikel Merino.

The 21-year-old Spanish under 21 international, who joined Dortmund from Osasuna in 2016, will spend the 2017/18 season with the Magpies.

He joins fellow new signings Jacob Murphy, Javier Manquillo, Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune, Stefan O’Connor and Josef Yarney at the club.

Newcastle can confirm the signing of midfielder @mikelmerino from Borussia Dortmund. #NUFC

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Speaking to the club's official website, the new signing said: "It feels good and I'm very happy to be here, to be part of this club. I'm looking forward to touching the ball, meeting my new team-mates and starting to play football.

"I know it's a great club and a really nice city. I had different options but I think this is the right place for me to play."

An excited Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez added: "Mikel is a midfielder with talent, an under-21 international for Spain. He's a good size, has quality on the ball and he's very, very focused and professional. 

"Hopefully he's the kind of player we can improve a lot – he certainly has the mentality to get better and better.

“He comes from a top side in Dortmund and although he did not play too much last season, he was signed as a young, talented player and to be signed by a club like that shows that he has something good. He has to show what he has, and hopefully, he can enjoy playing here for a long time."