Newcastle midfielder Mikel Merino has completed a permanent move to La Liga side Real Socieded.
Mikel Merino joined Newcastle last season on an initial loan deal from Borussia Dortmund, before the club signed him on a permanent basis in October 2017.
Merino made 25 appearances in all competitions for the Magpies, scoring once and assisting on one other goal.
Speaking after being unveiled as Real’s new star, the former Newcastle midfielder said: “I am very happy and very happy to play in a club that I love and one that I have followed since I was a child.
“It’s very close to Osasuna.
“I am delighted to be here and looking forward to playing the ball.
“It’s a very nice project, with the change of the stadium and everything is good with the group.
“The fans here have spoken so well to me and being back to being close to home is important.
“I am feeling integrated.
“All of them have been important factors and I think I have made a good decision.”
Real Sociedad finished 12th in the table last season and are looking to climb La Liga.
“We can improve and aspire to higher levels.
“I hope it’s a beautiful season.”