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MIKEL HAS BRUSH OFF FOR SOUEY.

Byline: SIMON BIRD

MIKEL MERINO has told ex-Newcastle boss Graeme Souness his personal criticism is of "no importance".

The Spain Under-21 star (below) turned in a man-of-the-match show against West Ham on Saturday - a after being slaughtered by Sky pundit Souness.

week sla p Merino, 21, signed from Borussia Dortmund, has a defensive attitude labelled "a joke" and "what you would see in kids' football," by Souness.

d lab "wha Merino said: "I heard something of the criticism, but I don't really give importance to it.

"Precise passes and to go forward, that is what I try.

"Sometimes you misplace passes because you take risks in order to give a good pass to someone in front."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 29, 2017
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