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Rafa Benitez | Midfielder

Team: Newcastle United

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Newcastle made its fifth move of the summer with a season-long loan deal for Borussia Dortmund's Mikel Merino.
The Magpies finally added a central midfield after running through a series of targets without a deal, with Benfica's Andreas Samaris and Everton's James McCarthy being linked with a move to the club this summer. But at least for now, Benitez has moved for the 21-year-old Spaniard who can play in central and defensive midfield as well as in defense. Said Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez: "Mikel is a midfielder with talent. He's a good size, has quality on the ball and he's very, very focused and professional...He comes from a top side in Dortmund, and although he did not play too much last season he was signed [from Osasuna] as a young, talented player. To be signed by a club like that shows he has something good." Fri, Jul 28, 2017 07:57:00 PM

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