By Russell Edge

14th Oct, 2017 | 1:36pm

'Enjoy the ride', 'Chuffed to bits' - Newcastle fans rave over surprise announcement

By Russell Edge

Newcastle United fans took to social media to react to the club’s announcement that they had turned Mikel Merino’s loan move into a permanent deal.

The Magpies made the surprise reveal on Friday that the Spanish midfielder had been tied down to a five year deal via their official Twitter account as well as on the club’s official website, despite being just seven games into the Premier League season.

Originally signed on a season long loan deal from German giants Borussia Dortmund, the 21-year-old central midfielder has impressed for Newcastle in the middle of the park.

He has appeared in all of the club’s league matches, all but one coming in the starting XI, but is yet to find the back of the net.

Following the announcement, Newcastle fans turned to Twitter to express their delight, with many commenting on the quality of performances that he has shown so far.

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Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters best tweets:

A versatile midfielder who can operate in both a defensive role or an advanced position, Merino already has seven appearances under his belt for Newcastle, having made just nine for Borussia Dortmund last season.

He is also a Spanish under-21 international, having made 10 outings for his country’s youth side, scoring three times.

In other Newcastle United news, this Magpie has made a shocking admission about his performances.

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