Mikel Merino is currently on duty with Spain’s U21 side that is a strong favorite to win this summer’s EURO tournament. When the international competition is finished at the end of June, he will return to Germany and that is when his future will be decided. The 21-year-old barely played in his first season at Borussia Dortmund and he would like to return to Spain where he knows Athletic Club wants to sign him. On Friday he spoke with Onda Cero and said that he is only focused on the U21 team right now, but once he returns to Germany he will sit down with the new manager and discuss his future.
“These are things [transfer rumors] that usually come out this time of year. When the market is open for signings there are always rumors. I’m pretty calm because I’m focused on the EUROs and it’s good for me to clear my mind. The important thing is that I don’t get in my own way while playing for the selection right now. We will talk about my future after I return from the EUROs.”
Merino did admit that he wants to speak with new manager Peter Bosz before making a decision about his future. The most important thing is to play regularly so that he can continue growing as a footballer. The midfielder wants to make the best decision for his career.
“Of course, if there is a new coach and he bets on me being in the team, then we will look at every possibility. I want to play and not feel isolated like last year. I want to enjoy growing as a footballer. I want to continue growing and we will make the best decision for me.”
Those close to the situation say that if Merino does leave BVB it will be to join Athletic Club. The Basques have already informed him that he will get the chance to play regular minutes and will be able to compete for a starting role in the near future. The chance to be close to home and play for a club that has consistently qualified for European competition is also a big selling point. Valencia, Real Sociedad, and Alaves are also said to be interested, but the 21-year-old prefers a move to the San Mames.