Ayoze Perez responds when asked about Tottenham interest after signing new contract

Ayoze Perez

Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez has played down talk of ineterest from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Newcastle United forward Ayoze Perez says he wants to repay the club's faith in him, having been asked by The Mirror about interest from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Perez, 22, was seen as one for the future when he joined Newcastle from Spanish side Tenerife in the summer of 2014, but he immediately impressed, scoring seven goals in 36 Premier League appearances.

This term, he has been in and out of the Newcastle side, but has scored five goals in 21 games, and looks like being a key part of the club's future - especially after signing a new deal with the club on Monday.

Whilst clubs up and down the country were frantically trying to sign new players on deadline day, Newcastle moved to extend Perez's contract until the summer of 2021, handing him an improved deal on the one he signed 18 months ago.

The contract comes just over a month after Perez was quoted by Sky Sports as saying that Premier League rivals Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur both wanted to sign him.

No January move materialised from either side, and now Perez has again been asked about the interest from United and Spurs after signing his new deal.

Perez told the Daily Mirror that he is more than happy at Newcastle, and thanked the Magpies for 'giving him everything' in his career - before stating that he wants to repay Newcastle's faith in him.

"I am still young. I have to work a lot and I have a lot of years to improve as a player," said Perez. "I am happy here and I don’t have to think of anything else. Newcastle gave me everything. They made me professional and I have to be pleased with the club."

"They signed me until 2021 - five years! They trust in me in this deal. So I say, 'Thanks' and now work harder and prove, and show on the pitch that I deserve it," he added.

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