Newcastle’s Mikel Merino on Dortmund bus attack: ‘We thought … we’re going to die’

The midfielder discusses the way the Dortmund bombs incident changed him, why life in England has not been what he expected and how playing under Rafael Benítez could speed him into the Spain squad

Mikel Merino had his headphones on and was listening to Spanish Reggaeton music as the bus swung on to a familiar main road. With the volume pushed to maximum, he felt safely cocooned in his own little world. Then the bombs went off.

“Everything changed – completely,” says Newcastle United’s £8.5m midfield signing from Borussia Dortmund. “Suddenly we thought: ‘We’re going to die.’ It was a very hard moment. We were totally scared.”

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