25-year-old Ayoze Perez has said in a Spanish interview that he may leave Newcastle for a La Liga club in the future – and maybe even this summer.
Perez had been at Newcastle since we signed him from Tenerife in the summer of 2014 for €2M and he’s in top form at the moment.
His contract at Newcastle still has two years to run this summer.
And Perez has hit top form since Miguel Almiron arrived at the club in late January from Atlanta United.
Rafa Benitez congratulates Ayoze Perez for two late game-winning goals against Everton
Perez has been interviewed by El Chiringuito TV during the international break and said this:
“I believe in the cycles. I think there is a moment where you plan things, to undergo a change and I think after five years, I think it’s the moment.”
“To go back to your country and play for a big team and enjoy La Liga, would be something great for my career.”
“It was complicated (at Newcastle), especially the first year. It helped to have my brother there, to get away from the family to see them every 1-2 months.”
“I left young, leaving the Spanish second division directly to England.”
“At the start, there was interest from Porto, then Barcelona and Real Madrid academies but there was the option of Newcastle and that was my top interest.”
“To play in the Premier League was my dream. The way of life is different from Spain, that’s clear, but the league is worth it.”
“To live it, enjoy it and compete in it, and I think that’s why I have stayed there so long.”
“It is a dream (to play for Spain) and with a lot of hope that it happens.”
“I thought it was going to happen in the last friendlies but I continue to try and do something so that it can happen to this Canarian kid that plays in Newcastle.”
It’s been five years since Ayoze arrived on Tyneside as a 20-year-old from Tenerife.
He has played 188 games for Newcastle with 42 goals and 17 assists, and he’s been an excellent acquisition for the club.
There have been inquiries from Spain for the player over the last year, but nothing has materialized.
Rafa Benitez will want to keep Perez at the club if Rafa himself decides to stay at Newcastle past this summer.
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