Ayoze Perez confirms he's staying with Newcastle United

Newcastle's Ayoze Perez looks dejected

Ayoze Perez is expected to have a key role to play at Newcastle United next season.

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

Ayoze Perez has reiterated his desire to stay at Newcastle United in the Shields Gazette.

Perez has attracted interest since Newcastle were relegated to the Championship.

However, the Spanish striker insists that he has no intentions of leaving St. James’ Park.

Newcastle's Ayoze Perez looks dejected

“I already said when the team went down that I would try to come back to the Premier League (with Newcastle),” said Perez.

“That’s it. I’m focused. I’m here. Now we need to get fit for a tough season.”

Perez is likely to be a key player for Newcastle in the Championship.

The youngster has shown flashes of quality in the Premier League, and he will be tasked with firing the Magpies to promotion.

Newcastle's Ayoze Perez arrives before the game

It was initially feared that Perez could leave St. James’ Park, following the Tynesiders’ drop out of the top flight, but Rafael Benitez’s decision to stay on seems to convinced the striker that staying at St. James’ Park was the best option for him.

“We all know how important Rafa is for Newcastle,” Perez added.

“He always helps everyone at the club. It’s good to have him as our coach.

“He’s important for me. We are going to learn a lot from him.”

Perez will be in competition with Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic for a place up-front at Newcastle.

The Magpies’ competitive campaign gets underway with a match against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Newcastle's Ayoze Perez in action with Swansea's Matt Grimes (L) and Ashley Williams

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