Mikel Merino joins Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad have completed the signing of midfielder Mikel Merino from Newcastle United on a five-year contract, it has been confirmed.

The 22-year-old joined Newcastle on a permanent deal from Borussia Dortmund in October, after a loan spell, but started just 14 matches in England’s top flight.

Athletic Club Bilbao and Real Betis were both reportedly heavily interested in a deal for the central midfielder, but he has opted instead to move to the Anoeta.

Merino left Osasuna in 2016 but made only two starts in the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund before moving to England last summer.

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