Young midfielder happy with life at Newcastle

Spain midfielder Mikel Merino has revealed that he is enjoying life at Newcastle United after joining the Magpies on loan during the summer.

The Spain Under-21 international swapped Borussia Dortmund for Newcastle in the recent transfer window, and will spend the 2017-18 campaign on loan in the Premier League.

The 21-year-old has impressed in three league appearances for Newcastle this season, with his performances drawing a host of praise from the club’s supporters.

Merino also believes that the Premier League ‘is the strongest league in the world’, and the midfielder is looking forward to growing as a player during his time in the north of England.

Merino told Sky Sports:

“Little by little I am understanding everything, how English people play football, I am happy here and I think this is going to be a good year.

“The Premier League is a really strong league, very physical, all the players are ready to fight for every ball and maybe it is the strongest league in the world.

“It has a huge base and strength and I have to learn about it, when I can play, when I cannot. This is just about minutes and game time and I think I will improve.”

Merino started his professional career with La Liga outfit Osasuna, before joining Dortmund on a long-term contract last summer.

The Spaniard struggled for minutes at his German club last season, however, appearing just seven times in the Bundesliga during the 2017-18 campaign.

Newcastle will continue their 2017-18 Premier League campaign against Swansea City on Sunday afternoon.