Interviewed on Spanish radio ahead of the new Premier League season, Ayoze Perez says that his ‘relationship with Rafa Benitez is very good’ and that he has learnt a lot from the Newcastle manager.

It is no great secret but the United striker also talks of how much ‘Newcastle fans adore Rafa Benitez’, due to everything he has done for the club in the past 17 months.

When it comes to who will win the Premier League this season, he believes it to be between Chelsea and Manchester City.

Having started the final two friendlies of the pre-season and scoring the opening goal against Hellas Verona, it looks very likely that Ayoze Perez will start for Newcastle on Sunday against Spurs.

Newcastle fans expected the club to have brought in a new number ten as a top priority but with Mike Ashley failing to properly back Rafa Benitez in the transfer market, it was once again left to Perez and Diame, with Siem de Jong also given a fair chance in the friendlies.

With Diame and de Jong showing absolutely nothing, by default Ayoze Perez looks to have won that race for the time being and will hopefully grasp the opportunity.

As for personal ambitions, Perez sees himself playing in La Liga in a few years time.

A lack of pace is a big handicap for Ayoze Perez in the Premier League and though he clearly has a certain level of talent, once again we wait to see whether he can really convince in the English top tier this time, his previous two seasons in the PL being very hit and miss.

Ayoze Perez speaking to El Transistor:

“I would like to return to Spain in a few years and have the opportunity to play in La Liga.

“The Newcastle fans adore Rafa Benitez – he has done good work and for that reason they have so much appreciation for him.

“My relationship with Rafa Benitez is very good and I have learnt a lot from him.

“Old Trafford is a special stadium but the atmosphere at Anfield is second to none.

“I think this season the Premier League is between Manchester City and Chelsea.”

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    SloMo, De Jong & Perez, those 3 names alone show that Newcastle`s first 11 are nowhere near premiership standard.

    • Leazes Ender

      …and Elliot….

      ….add your own to the list.

      • Leicester Mag

        Bit harsh on MMM 😅

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          you can’t get away with anything with Leazes around

  • Leazes Ender

    United’s fans adore Benitez for four reasons…
    1. He’s not a ‘yes man’
    2. He’s a top manager
    3. He’s expected to take the club out of the hands of the incompetent Charnley.
    4. Snappy dresser.

    • Geordiegiants

      Far to much positivity Leazes, they will be silenced from this one.

  • Leicester Mag

    He could start playing here first! Sadly to date failed to live up to expectations. Still will get a chance until Ash lashes put £500K on French prospect Pierre Pispoor and gives him a 7 yr contract

    • David2211

      Failed to live up to expectations? What did you really expect when he signed for £1.5m from a second tier Spanish club? We know he is talented and that’s why he frustrates, not because we ‘expected’ him to be amazing.

    • TC Toon Army

      Pierre pispoor. Hahah. Quality

  • Jimblag23

    Better pull your finger out then Ayoze otherwise you’ll be enjoying those atmospheres from the bench and playing in El Segunda División.

  • Steve Pearce

    So do they have pink triangles near every La Liga club Ayoze?

    Because that’s why your’e so shyte at football because your’e too paggered after entertaining all your friends down there…