Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez says he'll be staying at club that 'changed' his life

Ayoze Perez

Perez scored seven goals during his debut season on Tyneside, and is happy at the club.

Newcastle United forward Ayoze Perez has said he will be remaining at the club following his debut season, the Chronicle reports.

They also report that other Premier League clubs have compiled scouting dossiers on the striker, who enjoyed a productive start to life in England after his move from Tenerife as he managed to find the net on seven occasions – with five of those efforts coming between October and December when the Magpies enjoyed their best run of the season.

The 21-year-old is quoted as saying: “Newcastle has changed my life.

“It was a hard decision to leave Tenerife but it is a decision I do not regret having taken – it was the right one. I’m very happy at Newcastle and I feel over-valued here. I don’t want to leave. The first 10 weeks were very hard, I had to work hard to get up to speed but I knew that an opportunity to start a game would come with the passage of time.”

For a young player who came from the Spanish second division to the Premier League it was always going to be difficult for him to hit the ground running, especially when you factor in the side struggling in the early stages of the season - in front of goal in particular.

There is the adaptation to a new country and a new league that plays at a significantly higher level to be taken into account, which are both likely to present obstacles along the way.

In addition, Perez's best years are ahead of him, and he will hope to hit the ground running next season and kick on with his campaign. He is a promising player with plenty of ability - though there is always the worry at Newcastle that they won't be able to see that and will sell him for a tidy profit before Perez has shown what he can really do.

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