Ayoze Perez responds when quizzed over reports suggesting he could leave Newcastle United

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

The Newcastle striker has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs.

Newcastle's Ayoze Perez looks dejected

It appears that Newcastle United fans may be able to breathe a sigh of relief as in-demand striker Ayoze Perez responded to questions about his future by insisting to the Chronicle that he is purely focused on the Magpies' Championship promotion campaign.

Perez has been linked with a move away from St. James' Park in for some time as the club's relegation became clear, and the most recent report suggests that four Premier League clubs including the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are keen on signing him.

The Spanish striker had previously stated his intention to remain on Tyneside and help the club fight back to the top flight, but the emerging speculation had seemed to throw that commitment into doubt.

It would undoubtedly come as a blow for Newcastle to lose Perez; the 22-year-old's strike rate of 13 in 71 appearances is not earth-shattering, but the forward has a knack of scoring crucial goals and plays with an energy up top that the club could really use in the second tier this term.

Newcastle's Ayoze Perez arrives before the game

There had been some suggestion that the Magpies would be willing to let Perez leave for the right price, but it appears as though the player himself has no desire to leave the club.

Perez instead maintained that he will simply stay strong to overcome the speculation and the club's relegation, and is focused on helping them claw their way back to the big time.

The Spaniard told the Chronicle: "Footballers will have ups and downs in their career. You just have to be strong enough to deal with them.

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

"We had a bad moment going into the Championship but we have to be strong as a team and individually and be back to our place in the Premier League. We are already thinking about next season, it’s really hard but we are aiming to get back to our league."

Another factor to come into play is the fact that Newcastle acted quickly to tie Perez's future to the club earlier in 2016 when he signed a new five-year deal at the club.

That means that even if the Magpies are indeed prepared to part with the Spanish star, their idea of a 'right price' is likely to be considerable and may temper any interest before it gets to a stage at which Perez has a decision to make himself.

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

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