Ayoze Perez says ‘it is incredible’ that he is being linked with a potential move to Manchester United or Tottenham.
However, the Newcastle striker says that he hasn’t heard anything directly and is just concentrating on working hard to get back into Steve McClaren’s first eleven.
As for his future, Perez says ‘you never know as football takes many turns’ and as evidence of that he points to the fact that despite the speculation he is currently not even in Newcastle’s first eleven.
A straw poll at any time would see an overwhelming majority of Newcastle fans thinking Ayoze Perez should be in the first team and that was the case before the Spurs match, even though United had just beaten Liverpool. A poll on The Mag showed a big percentage in favour of the Spaniard starting at White Hart Lane.
I think Perez handles the press very well and says all the right things, plus he is probably still enjoying his time at Newcastle having made the leap from the Spanish second tier.
However, when speculation turns into a concrete offer then the goalposts usually tend to move, unless they are stupid no player is ever going to say he fancies a move before there is a solid offer.
Whilst Ayoze Perez is still in the early stages of his career, it is worth remembering that he isn’t ‘young, young’ like say Adam Armstrong. The Spanish striker turns 23 in July and is actually exactly five days older than Harry Kane.
The Spurs striker had a day to forget unlike match winner Ayoze Perez but the Newcastle player wouldn’t be human if he didn’t look at what Kane has achieved so far, at a club with genuine Champions League qualifying ambitions and a tendency to give young players every chance. It also won’t have escaped Perez’ attention that Harry Kane will be heading to France for the 2016 Euros whilst he continues to be seemingly totally off Spain’s radar.
Sitting on Newcastle’s bench certainly won’t improve those chances and if Steve McClaren doesn’t give him regular first team football, which is surely United’s only bargaining counter these days, then you could hardly blame the player if he then fancied giving Spurs or Man Utd a try, even if it was to warm their bench instead for starters.
Ayoze Perez speaking to IB Times:
“I just know the same as you – what I hear and what I read, it is a great pleasure for me (claims that Man Utd and Spurs want to sign him)…. it is incredible, something very big and that is because I am doing well but I must go on.
“You never know as football takes many turns. Today in fact I’m a substitute, working hard to be in the manager’s starting plans. That’s all I think about, to work, then the fruits arrive. I am very happy at Newcastle – they gave me everything, they made me professional.
“I want to continue working with them (Newcastle), trying to climb the table and then whatever has to happen will happen.”
Consecutive wins at Tottenham:
“It (White Hart Lane) is a very special place. I scored my first goal here (in the 2-1 win last season)and today history repeats itself. I have a good memory of this stage.”
“I have a good relationship with Mauricio. He is a great coach. We talked about how we are and not much more. It is good to see him again and I wish him luck for the season.”
Talks with Steve McClaren:
“In the Premier League there are many rotations and I respect that, what I have to do is try to take the minutes I have.
“I have had some talks (with Steve McClaren) and he knows what I can give to the team. If he sees that I’m not at my best then there is no problem to start on the bench.
“I accept that but work to return to the team – this is my job. Like today. Trying to make an impact when coming to the bench and then let’s see what happen in the next game(s).”