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Ayoze Perez is on his way out of Newcastle United this time

2 weeks ago
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Ayoze Perez is at it again.

The latest in a long series of interviews with Spanish media, has seen the Newcastle striker speak once more about his future.

Ayoze Perez saying that he is not definitely leaving Newcastle United this summer, BUT will consider all the options in front of him, and ‘choose well.’

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Personally, I think Perez is definitely leaving this time.

Every year since arriving at Newcastle United he has talked about the possibility of going elsewhere and he will never have better circumstances he than he has now.

A month ago, the Chronicle (see below) quoted a ‘source close to Ayoze Perez’, saying that the player didn’t want to play for a club that was fighting relegation every season. That seen as an ultimatum to Mike Ashley.

Since that ‘exclusive’, Ayoze Perez has scored five goals in six Premier League games and is suddenly being seriously talked about as a target for big/decent clubs. He is arguably the best player on form in the Premier League.

His career at Newcastle has been very up and down, long spells with few goals and then hotspots, this is by far the hottest hotspot so far.

He turns 26 in July and has only two years left on his contract, he is surely on his way.

He will get offers and will take one of them.

With only two years left on his contract, at the very least Mike Ashley would have to offer massive wages now to keep him and protect against him falling massively in value if allowed to reach a point with only a year left on his contract.

Mike Ashley will be more than happy to bank £20m+ for a player who cost less than £2m, his dream scenario.

Ayoze Perez will earn a lot more money and join a club trying to win things, so he will be more than happy.

Since the Pererz ultimatum, Mike Ashley has done absolutely nothing to keep Rafa Benitez or Salomon Rondon, so why would Ayoze Perez not be still doing ‘come and get me’ interviews, especially in the Spanish media?

The Mag – 2 April 2019:

An interesting ‘exclusive’ has just been published regrading Ayoze Perez.

The story coming out only hours after the disappointing 2-0 defeat to Arsenal.

Disappointing not so much to do with the scoreline, more the fact that Newcastle were so inferior and apparently had no belief of getting anything from the game.

Rafa Benitez stating after the game that the team/squad badly needs investment, especially in the final third of the pitch.

This Ayoze Perez ‘exclusive’ appearing to back/reiterate what the manager had to say.

A bit of a strange one this though with the Chronicle quoting ‘a source close’ to Ayoze Perez.

With everything so strictly controlled by the club these days and all interviews with players having to be approved by Newcastle United before they happen, on the surface this looks to be very much an unofficial interview.

As when you read what Perez is actually claimed to say/think, he must at least have given the ok for the ‘source’ to speak to the newspaper.

Last week Ayoze Perez gave an interview to Spanish media where he said it could be time for him to go and play on La Liga. These new source quotes appearing to give an ultimatum, of Mike Ashley needing to show ambition (or sell the club) or else Perez will look to go.

All Newcastle fans want to see ambition shown and preferably Mike Ashley sell the club but it is a bit of unfortunate timing these quotes being released, considering how woeful Ayoze Perez was against Arsenal last night, possibly the worst player on the pitch.

There is an ongoing debate about Perez amongst the Newcastle United fanbase.

Is he part of the problem or part of the solution?

For my money, he probably deserves his place in the team at the minute but I think that if Newcastle are to improve then his position is one of those that needs strengthening with better quality.

Personally, the claims in these quotes that Ayoze Perez would be interested if clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona were interested, is surely daydreaming for the player, as he is nowhere that level.

However, if you take the Chronicle ‘source’ as having substance, we could well be seeing Ayoze Perez depart this summer after five years, though not to Barcelona or Real Madrid!

Quotes from ‘A source close to Ayoze Perez’ as reported by The Chronicle:

“He is Spanish and he would like to go back to Spain if there were teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid or Valencia interested.

“But he did not say he wants to leave – he just wants to improve.

“It does not mean Ayoze is not happy in Newcastle but nowadays it is a club whose only aspiration is to survive.

“He has been in an incredible place for many years where people live and breathe football in a special way but it is always the same goal and that tires any player with ambition who wants to improve – and not only earn money.

“Ayoze is very grateful to Newcastle but he needs to live other experiences, too.

“If Newcastle took the step to change and fight, fulfilling its potential, Ayoze would be happy to continue because it’s a fantastic place to play.

“Although he has a contract until 2021, it’s a matter of fighting for bigger things – not just staying in the Premier League.”

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