Ayoze Perez says ready to listen to offers in summer
In what is looking set to be a ‘lively’ summer at Newcastle United, or should that be ‘chaotic’… Ayoze Perez is the latest NUFC employee to be talking openly about his future.
Speaking in the aftermath of his first ever hat-trick in the Premier League, the Newcastle striker has declared: ‘In the summer there are going to be options…That means I have done something well. I can hear what they offer for me… but it doesn’t mean that I am going to leave 100%.’
In a recent interview with Spanish media, the player said that he still intended to play in La Liga sometime in the future and that that future could be as early as this coming August.
Then came a bit of a departure for The Chronicle, who quoted a ‘source close to the player’ saying that Ayoze Perez was happy to stay BUT only if proper ambition was shown, rather than just trying to survive season to season.
With seven goals in his last seven Premier League outings at St James Park, it certainly won’t have lessened any potential interest in Perez from elsewhere.
Interesting to read (see below) The Guardian talking about Ayoze Perez signing in June 2014, saying ‘Newcastle United have strengthened their development squad with the acquisition of Ayoze Pérez from Tenerife for upwards of £1.5m on a long-term contract. The 20-year-old striker’s arrival should delight Alan Pardew, Newcastle’s manager, who has been anxious to reinforce the club’s Under-21 department.’
Due to lack of proper investment elsewhere in the squad (£6m Emmanuel Riviere the ‘big’ buy up front that summer) and Ayoze Perez settling quickly, the Spaniard ended up playing in 36 of the 38 Premier League games in his first season. So much for being a ‘development squad’ signing!
Of course, for Mike Ashley, getting five years out of a play and then maybe selling him for ten times what was paid, is the stuff of dreams for the NUFC owner.
The Mail also claim in their report that if Ayoze Perez does stay, under whatever circumstances, he will want a new deal with wages of ‘in excess of £100,000 a week’ as from next season.
Back in February 2016 (see below), Perez was given a new five and a half year contract only 18 months after arriving, with also claims back then that there had been interest from other clubs.
Regardless of the usual mess and confusion at Newcastle United, particularly with the Mike Ashley farce regarding Rafa Benitez’ future, this is a crucial time for Perez.
He turns 26 in July and has two years left on his Newcastle deal, so now would be the time anyway when you’d expect a new deal to be sorted or the player to move on, as no club wants to have somebody ending up with only a year left on their contract and potentially running that down to leave for nothing.
Whether it is Ayoze Perez or countless other things, they all lead back to Rafa Benitez and indeed, Mike Ashley.
Unless/until Rafa Benitez has his Newcastle future sorted, how can we have any confidence whatsoever that any other correct/ambitious/positive decisions will be made at St James Park?
Ayoze Perez speaking after the hat-trick against Southampton to The Mail:
“In the summer there are going to be options…
“That means I have done something well.
“I can hear what they offer for me… but it doesn’t mean that I am going to leave 100%.
“It is going to be difficult.
“It depends on a lot of things.
“It has been five great years and I cannot thank Newcastle enough.”
How The Guardian covered the arrival of Ayoze Perez back in June 2014:
‘Newcastle United have strengthened their development squad with the acquisition of Ayoze Pérez from Tenerife for upwards of £1.5m on a long-term contract.
The 20-year-old striker’s arrival should delight Alan Pardew, Newcastle’s manager, who has been anxious to reinforce the club’s Under-21 department.
Born in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Pérez joined his local team from school, breaking into the first XI last season. Playing in the Segunda División, Spain’s second tier, he proved prolific, scoring 16 goals in 34 appearances.
“I’m very happy to be here to start this new adventure,” said Pérez during a flying visit to St James’ Park to meet Peter Beardsley, the reserve team manager, and finalise details of a contract which formally begins on 1 July.’
Ayoze Perez after signing a new five and a half year contract back on 1 February 2016:
“It is a special day for me, a big day for me.
“The truth is I’m really happy here, so it’s a good thing for me…and I hope it’s the same for the Geordie family.
“Newcastle gave me everything and I am really pleased to sign this new contract.
“When I came to Newcastle, people told me that the fans here were amazing. It was not true.
“They are much more than amazing. Thanks to all the people in the club and in the city.
“Newcastle United is my home and the Toon Army is my family.
“I just can say that I will give everything for this team and for the fans.”
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