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Ayoze Perez posts emotional video message thanking Newcastle United fans

1 year ago

Ayoze Perez today joined Leicester City.

Newcastle United (Mike Ashley) banking  a reported £30m after the Foxe met his release clause.

After five years, one month and one day after arriving for £1.8m from the Spanish second tier, he has moved on.

In an interview with the Leicester City website (see below), Ayoze Perez cited the ambition of his new club and desire to play in European competitions as reasons for leaving Newcastle United.

Despite not being a prolific goalscorer, Perez still ended up top scorer at NUFC thee past two seasons.

With Ayoze Perez leaving and seemingly no intention of buying Salomon Rondon, it means Newcastle have lost 23 of the 42 PL goals they scored last season.

Now on Thursday afternoon, the player has put out an emotional video message thanking Newcastle fans (watch below).

It starts:

“The time has come to say goodbye.

“I would like to write some words of gratitude for a club, a city and supporters.

“Which have been such an impact on my career and personal life.”

The player ending with…

“Never forget that I will carry on being a Geordie.

“Thank you.

“I’ll see you soon.”

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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