Real Betis ‘determined’ to land Ayoze Perez – Reports
Ayoze Perez is the big summer target for Real Betis according to reports in Spain on Thursday.
Even when he playing badly, every transfer window sees the former Tenerife striker linked with a return to Spain.
So with his season ending with six goals in his last seven Premier League starts, be prepared for plenty of transfer stories this summer claiming Ayoze Perez will be with a La Liga club next season.
Mundo Deportivo report that Real Betis have already secured a number of new players for next season but Ayoze Perez is the one they really want.
In 2016/17 Real Betis ended 15th with 39 points but have improved to 6th and 60 points this season with one match to go, they are guaranteed 6th but could end up 5th above Villarreal.
Their home league crowds have fluctuated from as low as 33,000 when Espanyol visited, to 53,000 when Real Madrid were the visitors.
With Europa League football assured for next season, the club want to maintain that upward momentum.
Like all transfer stories you treat it with extreme caution and unless it was one of the obvious few clubs in Spain, difficult to see why Ayoze Perez would be considering giving up Newcastle United and the Premier League at this moment in time.
Ayoze Perez was also interviewed this week about the season just ended:
“It has been amazing for the team and we have to be proud of ourselves because we have done a great job.
“Against Chelsea we finished things off with a great performance and ended in tenth, which is a great achievement.
“The city has to be proud of the team and we also have to be proud of ourselves.
“Rafa is key to our future as he made us reach this position of tenth in the table, just one year after going up, a great achievement with the squad we ave got.
“We have to look after him, take him seriously, listen to what he wants, then hopefully we can keep him here.
“I am so happy to be able to end the season scoring lots of goals and two goals against Chelsea, so ten (in all competitions) is a great number for me.
“We have had our ups and downs but I want to give lots of credit to the team, we have stuck together and achieved our main target (of Premier League safety).
“After that, we managed to keep a great position for Newcastle this season (in the top half of the table) and that is why we can celebrate this summer.”
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