Mikel Merino wants to achieve Spain dream while he is still a Newcastle player

Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino has revealed the one big dream he wants to achieve while he is a Magpies player to the Chronicle Live, although he will need to become a regular in the starting XI for the Tyneside outfit first of all.

The 21-year-old initially moved to St James’ Park on loan from Borussia Dortmund last summer, but they activated a clause to sign him permanently on a five-year contract in October following some impressive displays in the middle of the park.

While the Spaniard was a regular alongside the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden earlier in the campaign, he has often found himself behind the former and Mo Diame in the pecking order in recent times, starting just two of their last nine Premier League fixtures, and came under criticism from the fans for his display against Liverpool earlier this month.

Merino is currently away on international duty with the Spanish U21 side, but he is hoping to get the call-up to the senior national team sooner rather than later, and he wants to make the step up as a Newcastle player.

Speaking to the Chronicle Live, the 21-year-old said: “The dream is to play in a World Cup or the Euros with Spain.

“That’s the dream for anybody in the Under-21s or Under-18s or the categories below.

“I hope that one day that if things go well and I am at the right level I will be there.

“It would be great if that Spanish cap comes when I am a Newcastle United player.”

Rafa Benitez’s side can move a step closer to securing their top flight status for another year when they host fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town at St James’ Park on March 31, with a win taking them to 35 points with seven matches of the campaign remaining.