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Exclusive: Mikel Merino opens up about final chat with Rafa Benitez at Newcastle

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That's Merino!'

Mikel Merino will never forget it.



Indeed, the Spaniard's one and only goal in black and white, a late winner against Crystal Palace at St James' Park, still gives him goosebumps.



That was duly activated by Real Sociedad last summer.

It takes some players years to earn that kind of individual tribute at St James' Park, but the Geordies immediately adopted the Spaniard as one of their own.

It was not an easy decision for me.

Merino has since become a regular in San Sebastian - even winning a penalty in Sociedad's shock win at Real Madrid last month - but he has not forgotten his time at St James' Park.
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