Ayoze Perez has been linked over the last few days with four Premier League clubs, but that’s all paper talk and the Spanish U-21 forward is going nowhere this summer.
Ayoze has been delighted that one of Spain’s most famous managers is now at Newcastle and the young forward has talked today of the impact Rafa Benitez has already made at the club.
Rafa has already had extensive changes made at the Benton Training grounds with the internal configuration of the rooms so the players can relax more between training sessions and build up team spirit in the process.
Ayoze Perez in action against Swansea last season
Rafa conducts two training sessions on some days to ensure the players are ultra-fit and he also holds sessiosn on tactics.
He has also had a couple of pitches relaid with the more modern 4G technology artificial turf from the much older and existing 3G technology, to help cut down on injuries.
And Rafa has equipped the gym with new and better equipment and all that will be ready when the first batch of players returns back to pre-season today.
Ayoze is looking forward to becoming a better player under the guidance of Benitez and he has had this to say about the impact the man has already had on Tyneside:
“For me and for everyone it has been a boost. You can see what he has done to us as a team.”
“We have really grown as a team and as individuals, that’s really good for us as a club. We can all move forward now under the manager.”
“We have great support and if we keep going the way we did at the end of last season we will be back really soon.”
Perez has scored 13 goals in 71 appearances for Newcastle so far – and he knows one area of improvement for him is in his consistency.
But that particular weakness is not that unusual for such a young player.
One big positive with Ayoze is that he is so positive and upbeat about things at Newcastle, even now when we have just been relegated.
He’s a smashing lad!