Newcastle United announced that they have completed the permanent signing of midfielder Mikel Merino from Borussia Dortmund on Friday, and their fans have taken to social media to celebrate the news.
The Spanish player has been on loan at St Jamesâ€™ Park this season, and has made such a big impression at the club that Rafael Benitez wasted no time in tying the playmaker down to a five-year deal.
As part of the original agreement which brought Merino to Tyneside, there was an option to make the switch a permanent one, something Newcastle were quick to activate.
The move, which is for an undisclosed fee, was a perfect way for the weekend to begin for Magpies fans, as they prepare to see their side in action for the first time in two weeks, when Newcastle make the lengthy trip to Southampton on Sunday afternoon.
The 21-year-old will be looking to build on a very encouraging start to his career on Tyneside. He has featured in all seven of his teamâ€™s Premier League matches this season.
The permanent deal rounded off a very good week for Merino, who scored the opening goal for Spain under-21s earlier in the week in a 4-1 thrashing of Slovakia under-21s.
He is yet to find the back of the net for the Magpies, but as he continues to grow and grow in the league, that first strike is unlikely to take long to arrive.
Having signed permanently with the club, he will be looking to crown off his big week with an eye catching performance at St Maryâ€™s Stadium on Sunday.
Merino took to Twitter to display his delight in making his long-term future in Newcastle, and he was greeted with an avalanche of celebratory messages from fans who are overjoyed that the midfielder will be theirs for the next five years.
Wow fantastic news ðŸ˜ðŸŽ‰ðŸŽ‰ðŸ˜€
— Sandra Farn (@hockeymom41) October 13, 2017
ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ thank you @rafabenitezweb for finding this little spainish gem
— Gav Holleran (@gav_nufc) October 13, 2017
Great signing ðŸ”¥ðŸ”¥ðŸ”¥ðŸ”¥ðŸ”¥
— Â´ (@I_am_usmanov) October 13, 2017
Get in. What a coup ðŸ˜„ bargain for only 6 mil
— Anthony (@Anthony__N__) October 13, 2017
Brilliant. Glad you're now a permanent player for the toon keep up the good work ðŸ‘
— Kev (@kevin_nufc87) October 13, 2017
Welcome @mikelmerino1 the kind of player that should be at this club ðŸ‘ðŸ» hope you have a long and healthy career here! âš«ï¸âšªï¸â¤ï¸
— Lee Kirkpatrick (@Kirkpatrick180) October 13, 2017
What a man proper buzzing your staying ðŸ˜ howay Micky merino âš«ï¸âšªï¸ #nufc
— JamieNUFC (@J_G_1988) October 13, 2017
So happy you've signed, lad! Howay the lads!
— Don Marnell (@DonMarnell) October 13, 2017
Fantastic news Majestic @mikelmerino1
— Scott CalverleySmith (@Scottoon7) October 13, 2017