After being regularly linked with a move away from St James’ Park this summer, Ayoze Perez has refused to give any guarantees that he’ll be a Newcastle player come the start of the 2019/20 season.
The 25-year-old has recently been linked with the likes of Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Spurs, and he’s now admitted that it will be a ‘long summer’, insisting that Newcastle will always be in his heart, ‘whatever happens’ this summer.
Here’s what the Spaniard’s had to say in a new interview when asked if he’d made a decision on his future:
“It’s something that I cannot say right now. You cannot guarantee it. We’ll see,”
“It’s going to be a long summer. Obviously, there’s going to be a day where you make a decision. It depends on many things. Let’s see what happens.
“Obviously, this place is always going to be in my heart, whatever happens. We’ll see what happens.
“Yes (it would be hard to leave here), that’s something that’s always in my mind. This kind of environment – you don’t see it in many places. We’ll see what happens.
“It’s going to be a long summer, whatever can happen. I cannot guarantee anything, but we’ll see. It’s time to rest, to enjoy, and be with my family and friends. We’ll see.”
In all honesty, I can see him leaving – and I think a move away is pretty nailed on if a top 6 La Liga side come calling and offer both him and ourselves good money.
The Chronicle have claimed today that the club will look to open contract-extension talks with Perez soon should Benitez stay at the club, however that in itself may not be enough to keep him on Tyneside this summer.
It’ll be a shame to see him leave, but I do believe he will be replaceable IF Rafa Benitez is given a considerable amount to spend on his successor.