"For me Newcastle is such a big club and he [Benítez] knows it as well".
"I'm on loan at the moment but, if I am able to stay longer, that will make me very happy".
"They trusted me at Leicester".
"I'm here to give my best to fight for my team. I will say Newcastle has a big history and I hope the club will be where it should be". A lot of clubs got in touch but I'm pretty sure I made the right choice.
His tactics were criticised as being negative against Manchester City but almost earned a draw
The Daily Star claim Diame is earning £45,000 a week at St. James' Park but will be in the final year of the three-year contract that he signed in the summer of 2016, when moving north from Hull City. At Leicester, I had a good time there and a good season, but it was always about injuries and getting injured but now it's about Newcastle. I'm here to score goals.
Benitez said: "He came with a little problem, and then we were treating him and he was doing some training sessions, but still he was feeling it a little bit. We will see. We have to wait".
Merino, whose only goal in a Newcastle shirt proved to be decisive in a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace earlier this season, could return to the Magpies squad this weekend when they face the daunting task of taking on Manchester United at Old Trafford. Although matches have been unpredictable in recent weeks, there are five clubs in addition to Newcastle United that have the potential to go down this season.
"That's my number in the national team", said the Algiers-born player.