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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