Ayoze Perez will only remain on Tyneside if the club begins to ‘fight for bigger things’ and ‘fulfils its potential’ according to a source close to the Spaniard – claiming he feels we’re happy to just ‘survive’ these days.
In short, it seems he wants to see Mike Ashley either show ambition and start backing Benitez properly, or at least sell to someone who will.
Perez’s spokesman, who has spoken exclusively to the Chronicle, has insisted that he’s not actively pushing for a move, but instead ‘wants to improve’ – suggesting he’ll happily stay if we begin to reach our potential as a club.
Here’s a snippet from the Chronicle’s ‘exclusive’, revealing what a ‘source close to the player’ has said about the Spaniard’s situation:
Ayoze Perez is happy at Newcastle United but wants to see the club ‘fulfil its potential’ and ‘fight for bigger things’, according to sources close to the player.
“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,” a source close to the player told ChronicleLive. “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.”
In all fairness, I don’t think Ayoze’s the only player in this position. Failure to show ambition and Benitez won’t stay. If Benitez doesn’t stay, our star men are bound to leave.
I think the likes of Lascelles, Lejeune, Dubravka, Shelvey, Longstaff, Ritchie, Almiron and Rondon would all have decent offers come their way if things fell apart and we were back in real bother without Benitez.
Hopefully things can be sorted out and Mike Ashley sees sense (that would be a first!), otherwise it won’t just be Benitez that heads out of St James’ Park this summer.