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Newcastle sign Merino on permanent deal

Mikel Merino has joined Newcastle on a permanent basis. Credit: PA

Mikel Merino has completed a permanent move to Newcastle from Borussia Dortmund after an impressive start to his career in England, the Magpies have announced.

The 21-year-old midfielder arrived at St James' Park on loan in July with the possibility of a full transfer included in the deal, and has done so well on Tyneside that the club has handed him a five-year contract.

Manager Rafael Benitez told NUFC TV: "I'm really pleased we have been able to bring Mikel to the club permanently. 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."

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