Merino playing for Newcastle United in 2017
|Full name||Mikel Merino Zazón|
|Date of birth||22 June 1996|
|Place of birth||Pamplona, Spain|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2017||→ Newcastle United (loan)||7||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:46, 21 September 2018 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 September 2018
On 23 August 2014, Merino made his first competitive appearance with the first team, starting in a 2–0 home win against FC Barcelona B for the Segunda División championship. He scored his first professional goal on 21 December, netting the winner in a 2–1 away success over UD Las Palmas.
In the 2015–16 campaign, Merino scored four goals from 34 appearances to help Osasuna finish sixth and reach the promotion play-offs. In that stage's first round, he netted a brace in a 3–1 home win against Gimnàstic de Tarragona, and added another goal in the second leg (3–2 triumph).
On 15 February 2016, Merino signed a five-year deal with Borussia Dortmund, which was made effective on 1 July. His first appearance in the Bundesliga occurred on 14 October, when he played the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 home draw to Hertha BSC.
In July 2017, Merino joined Newcastle United on a season-long loan – the Premier League club agreed to a clause obligating them to sign the player permanently, based on a number of appearances. On 13 October this was invoked, and he agreed to a five-year contract.
Merino returned to Spain on 12 July 2018, signing a five-year contract with Real Sociedad for an undisclosed fee reported to be €12 million. His first match in La Liga took place on 18 August, when he played 59 minutes in a 2–1 win against hosts Villarreal CF.
Merino was part of the Spain under-19 team which won the 2015 UEFA European Championship in Greece. He scored their first goal of the tournament, opening a 3–0 win over holders Germany at the AEL FC Arena in Larissa.
- As of match played 5 May 2018
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Osasuna B||2013–14||Tercera División||5||0||—||—||—||5||0|
|Newcastle United (loan)||2017–18||Premier League||7||0||0||0||0||0||—||7||0|
|Newcastle United||2017–18||Premier League||17||1||1||0||0||0||—||18||1|
|Real Sociedad||2018–19||La Liga||0||0||0||0||—||—||0||0|
- Appearances in the 2016 Segunda División play-offs
- "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
- Mikel Merino, noveno juvenil en debutar (Mikel Merino, ninth youth player to debut); Diario de Navarra, 17 March 2014 (in Spanish)
- El equipo también responde (The team also answer); CA Osasuna, 23 August 2014 (in Spanish)
- Osasuna asalta el Gran Canaria (Osasuna take Gran Canaria); Marca, 21 December 2014 (in Spanish)
- Mikel Merino llevará el dorsal 8 y Kenan Kodro, el 9 (Mikel Merino will have the number 8 jersey and Kenan Kodro, the 9); Diario de Navarra, 31 January 2015 (in Spanish)
- Merino: "No sé si le saldré barato o caro al Borussia, me centro en jugar" (Merino: "I don't know if Borussia will get me for a lot of money or not, I just play"); Diario de Navarra, 22 May 2016 (in Spanish)
- Osasuna toma ventaja, pero no sentencia (Osasuna get the upper hand, but do not get job done); Marca, 8 June 2016 (in Spanish)
- "Y el primer finalista es... Osasuna" [And the first finalist is... Osasuna] (in Spanish). Marca. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
- Borussia Dortmund verpflichtet Mikel Merino (Borussia Dortmund acquire Mikel Merino); Borussia Dortmund, 15 February 2016 (in German)
- "Merino überzeugt als Ballmagnet" [Merino gets job done as ball magnet] (in German). Sport1. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
- "Newcastle land Mikel Merino on loan from Borussia Dortmund". Goal. 28 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
- "Fix! Dortmunds Merino wechselt zu Newcastle" [Done! Dortmund's Merino moves to Newcastle] (in German). kicker. 28 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
- "Mikel Merino signs for Newcastle from Borussia Dortmund in permanent deal". BBC Sport. 13 October 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
- "Latest news: Mikel Merino joins Real Sociedad". Newcastle United F.C. 12 July 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
- "Mikel Merino: "Si Urrutia ha dicho que no hubo interés, no soy nadie para decir lo contrario"" [Mikel Merino: "If Urrutia has said that there was no interest, I am not one to say the opposite"] (in Spanish). El Correo. 16 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
- "La Real Sociedad comienza la campaña venciendo en el Estadio de la Cerámica" [Real Sociedad start the campaign winning at the Estadio de la Cerámica] (in Spanish). La Liga. 18 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
- "Slick Spain too strong for holders Germany". UEFA. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
- "Merino, la nueva joya de Tajonar" [Merino, Tajonar's new gem] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
- Mikel Merino at Soccerway. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
- "Spain see off Russia for seventh Under-19 crown". UEFA. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
- "Mikel Merino named Liga Adelante Player of the Month for June". La Liga. 28 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
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