Newcastle star Ayoze Perez talks up fan relationship this season

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

The attacker was taking part in the Magpies' open day at St James's Park on Monday.

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

As Newcastle United took part in their open day at St James's Park on Monday, one thing was apparent ahead of the new season, Spaniard Ayoze Perez told the club website.

Perez perceived a solidarity between the supporters and players as they trained in front of the crows, and felt it was hugely encouraging as the Magpies look to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

"It was really nice to train in front of the fans," he is quoted as telling the nufc.co.uk website. "I think it's a good thing for the Club, and we can see that even though we are in the Championship, the fans are still behind us.

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

"We need that support, after last year, which wasn't the best one. But we need the support and to have the fans with us, and they are - they definitely are. It's going to be an interesting season."

The striker, who has scored 13 times in 76 matches for the Toon Army, has been linked with a series of other clubs since arriving in Newcastle and instantly making an impression at St James's Park. But despite rumours of Barcelona interest, according to the Mail, it very much looks like he is invested in the matter at hand.

Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez in action with West Ham's Enner Valencia and James TomkinsNewcastle United's Ayoze Perez in action with West Ham's Enner Valencia and James Tomkins

In fact, Perez may get the chance to really grow in what is his third season on Tyneside, with more games available for him to feature in and the Magpies expected to shine as they seek to return to the Championship.

The 23-year-old hasn't quite managed to go on a substantial goal run in the top flight, but may fancy his chances of going up a level or two over the next few months, under the management of compatriot Rafa Benitez.

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

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