Photo: Ayoze Perez getting ready for pre-season

The Argentine seems to be preparing himself for Newcastle United's stint in the Championship.

Newcastle's Ayoze Perez in action with Bournemouth's Marc Pugh

Newcastle United were relegated from the Premier League into the Championship last season.

Manager Rafael Benitez - who only took over at the end of March, when the Magpies were already in the drop zone - was powerless to prevent the North-East giants from slipping to their second demotion in the space of seven years.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez speaks to Ayoze Perez and Daryl Janmaat

But things look a little more rosy on Tyneside these days, what with the news that Benitez - a Champions League-winning manager - staying with Newcastle despite their relegation in a show of commitment which has united the club to some extent.

Ayoze Perez also looks set to stay at Newcastle after revealing that he was getting ready for pre-season.

Liverpool's Connor Randall and Dejan Lovren in action with Newcastle's Ayoze Perez

The Spanish forward is not the subject of mass speculation, but he is perhaps good enough to be a Premier League player so Newcastle fans will be pleased to retain his services, if indeed that proves the case come September.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

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