John  Carver has revealed that Manchester City have shown interest in Ayoze Perez.

The Newcastle Head Coach saying that he has spoken at length to Manchester City’s co-assistant manager Brian Kidd.

Why Carver is volunteering this information now is anybody’s guess but for many fans it brings back memories of Alan Pardew being happy to talk about interest in certain Newcastle players, before they were sold to the highest bidder.

John Carver:

“I know for a fact that there is interest.

“You go in coaches’ rooms after games and have a chat, I had a good chat with Brian Kidd at Man City about him.”

Newcastle perfect for Perez’ development:

“A few people have spoken very highly of him, which is good.

“He has made the next step in his career and this is a fantastic place to continue that development.”

Probably the best selling point for Newcastle on the continent at this moment in time, is that because Mike Ashley refuses to allow a fully strength squad, it means players such as Perez are liable to get far more opportunities that at other Premier League clubs.

Ayoze Perez was bought as one for the future but because Newcastle failed to buy any established credible goalscorers last summer, the player from the Spanish second division was thrown into the first match of the season against Manchester City from the bench.

From that point he has been involved in every single Premier League match apart from one, getting pitch time from the start or the bench, in 27 of United’s 28 league matches.

No wonder John Carver has admitted that he had to leave Perez out recently because he looked jaded.

Today could well see all expectations on Ayoze Perez in the absence of Papiss Cisse, unless Emmanuel Riviere suddenly starts showing us something that we haven’t as yet seen this season.