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Ayoze Perez explains why he wanted to move from Newcastle United to Leicester City

3 years ago

it is at last confirmed, Ayoze Perez is a Leicester City player.

Thursday lunchtime saw both clubs make the announcement, Newcastle saying  it is an undisclosed fee but widely reported as £30m.

Newcastle United did confirm though that there was a release clause in the player’s contract which was met.

So why did Ayoze Perez think life would be better with the Foxes?

The Spaniard has today talked about his reasons for leaving Newcastle and signing for Leicester…

Ayoze Perez declares: ‘I like the ambition of the club. They want to keep growing as much as they can and that’s something I liked.’

Very difficult to take as a Newcastle fan, the reality of where Mike Ashley has brought us to, a player seeing it as a step up to go to Leicester, leaving a club with zero ambition.

When it comes to achievable ambitions, Perez is ‘looking forward to try to get into the European positions’ at his new club.

Good luck to him, leaving a club where the owner has a policy of not trying in the cups and seeing European football solely as a hindrance, as evidence when Alan Pardew said on his behalf in 2013, ‘Thank god we’re not in Europe again’, the only ‘ambition’ under Mike Ashley is trying to survive in the Premier League with as low as possible amount of money spent.

Ayoze Perez talking to official club site:

“I’m very happy and very pleased.

“I’m very proud to be part of the Leicester family and I can’t wait to get started.

“I like the ambition of the club. They want to keep growing as much as they can and that’s something I liked.

“I spoke with the manager and that was important. That made me feel very comfortable about the decision to come here.

“He’s such a great manager. We all know what we can do playing under him. Obviously, he’s been a big part of the deal, to make the decision, and in this case, to come to Leicester.

Newcastle helped me make my dream come true – to be able to play in the Premier League.

“It’s been five years, a lot of experiences and growth as well. I’m happy to be able to keep playing in the Premier League for such a great club like Leicester. I’m very proud to be here.

“They are big players (at Leicester) and I can’t wait to start playing next to them, and know them as well.

“I can’t wait to start training and start knowing each other.

“Those kinds of (pre-season) trips (Leicester are off to France) are very important for new signings and new players. It’s going to be great for myself to know my team-mates, to train as well.

“It’s going to be a great week, a lot of hard work, but the most important [thing] is to start knowing each other.

“Obviously, as a collective, we have to keep looking forward to try to get into the European positions, that’s the ambition, that’s where we have to think.

“Individually, as a striker, I have to help the team as much as I can with goals. That’s my main target.

“If I can get more goals than I did last season, that’s the way I think. I always [try] to get better in numbers, that would be great for us. Hopefully, I can do it.

“I can’t wait until that day comes for his home debut), it’s a great stadium and obviously I’ve played a couple of times here.

“I know the environment and hopefully, this time, I can score a goal, but this time for Leicester!

“Hopefully, there are many to come.”


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