Mikel Merino admits he was wrong about Newcastle United fans

Newcastle player Mikel Merino in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St. James Park on September 16, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle United signed Mikel Merino from Borussia Dortmund during the summer transfer window.

Newcastle player Mikel Merino in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St. James Park on September 16, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Mikel Merino has admitted to the Guardian that he got things wrong about Newcastle United fans before his move to St. James’ Park.

Merino was expecting English people to be cold, but he has been given a hero’s welcome to Tyneside.

The Spaniard says that he is repeatedly stopped on the streets by Newcastle fans, who have been nothing but friendly with him since he arrived.

Newcastle player Mikel Merino (l) is challenged by Phillipe Coutinho of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1,...

And Merino says that he already feels completely at home in the North East.

“I’m really happy with the people in Newcastle, they’re very kind, always trying to help you," he said. "I didn’t expect that. I thought English people would be cold, dry and not kind but I was wrong and I’m happy about it. I didn’t expect all the laughter and jokes you have here.

“There’s much more to do in Newcastle than in Dortmund. I feel at home here.”

Merino has made a brilliant start to life at Newcastle, since joining from Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window, and is already playing a key role for Rafael Benitez’s side.

Mikel Merino of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

Newcastle have also already paid £8.5 million (Guardian) to make the 21-year-old’s loan move a permanent one.

Merino went some way to repaying the faith that Benitez has shown in him so far by scoring the winner for Newcastle in their last match against Crystal Palace.

The Spanish youth international could now be in line to start the Magpies’ next match, which comes against Burnley at Turf Moor on Monday evening.

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