The Spanish striker joined the club in 2014 and has shown vast improvement from last season, scoring three goals and adding a further two assists in eight Premier League starts.
His rise to prominence at St. James’ Park hasn’t gone unnoticed, with reports in the Mirror crediting Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur with holding an interest.
A move to Spurs or United must be tempting, considering their past history with developing young players, yet McClaren has urged his striker to stay put and play regular first-team football with the Magpies.
“His career is definitely best served here. He’s getting development, a good education, the right training and most important of all, he’s playing,” the former England coach explained.
“The fans love him, his teammates love him and we love him too. It’s a great environment for Ayoze to develop.”
Under the guidance of McClaren, Ayoze certainly has a coach who knows how to develop younger players and his presence is a real signal of intent in terms of where the club are heading.
Similar to Spurs, Newcastle have started to invest a lot of money in young players with the potential to become real stars on the European stage, and Ayoze is the beginning of that.
As per the previous report in the Mirror, the striker is now valued in the region of £15 million, which is some increase on the figure Newcastle spent on bringing him to Tyneside.