Mikel Merino: Newcastle United midfielder joins Real Sociedad on five-year deal

Mikel Merino (right) in action for Newcastle
Merino (right) has signed a contract with Real Sociedad until 2023

Newcastle midfielder Mikel Merino has joined Spanish side Real Sociedad for an undisclosed fee just nine months after signing for the Magpies.

The 22-year-old joined Newcastle on a permanent deal from Borussia Dortmund in October, after a loan spell, and has signed a five-year deal with Sociedad.

Spain Under-21 international Merino made 25 appearances for Rafael Benitez's side, scoring one goal.

He returns to the Basque region of Spain, where he started at Osasuna.​

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