Ayoze Perez was speaking earlier this week at the club’s Foundation Awards dinner and the Spaniard has only recently became a Patron of the Foundation.
Rafa wants his players to be more fully involved with the great work being done by the Newcastle United Foundation and the 23 year-old considers it an honor to be a Patron.
At the dinner Ayoze was asked what it’s like for the players when Rafa Benitez speaks to them, given he has had a monumental career so far – managed some big clubs and won major trophies in Europe.
Ayoze Perez scores for Newcastle
This is how Ayoze answered that question:
“It’s 100% focus when he speaks.” “We know what he has done in his career – it has been a big career, he knows everything about football so you have to learn from him.”
“That’s what we are doing – we are enjoying the Championship, we’re top of the table and we can stay there.”
“Everything is going really well. The team is doing well, playing well, playing good football and we have good confidence.”
“There’s still a long way to go, but we’re doing well and we are happy to be top of the table.”
Rafa was UEFA Manager of the Year in 2003–2004 when he was at Valencia and then again the next year in 2004–2005, when he was in his first season at Liverpool.
He has won three European trophies – the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 and two Europa League titles with Valencia in 2004 (known then as the UEFA Cup) and with Chelsea in 2013, when he was officially only their interim manager.
Newcastle will likely be the next club he wins a European trophy with.
That’s true isn’t it?