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Merino confirms Newcastle happiness amidst Real Betis, Athletic Bilbao interest

Mikel Merino has hinted he wants to remain at Newcastle United.

The Spaniard has been linked with a return to his homeland. Real Betis and Athletic Bilbao have been touted as the most likely suitors for the 21-year-old.

But Merino insists he remains happy on Tyneside.

"I'm happy because I've been in a really good group with really good players, learning in arguably the best league in the world, and I think I've got a lot more things to improve. But it's been a very good first year for me.

"When you play against the best players in the world, at this level, where every single thing and every single mistake counts, you learn a lot. The pace, the tempo and the intensity is amazing, and with those minutes you play you learn a lot. I think it's going to be a really good season next season, and in the future."

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