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Ayoze Perez says Benitez has made him mentally stronger

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on wearing rainbow pin badge during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford at St. James Park on November 25, 2017...

Newcastle attacker has benefited from Rafael Benitez's guidance.

Newcastle player Ayoze Perez in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle United attacker Ayoze Perez has revealed that manager Rafael Benitez has helped him to become stronger mentally.

Perez admitted that he has endured some difficult moments at Newcastle and previously struggled in such situations but he explained that Benitez has helped him to become much more focused on football.

As reported by the club's official website, Perez said: “Mentally, he has been key for me – I needed it. I needed that bit of work to be stronger mentally. I used to complain, and think things you shouldn’t think.

Mario Lemina of Southampton evades Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on October 15, 2017 in...

"With Rafa, in this case, he makes sure people forget about that, and focus on football. Whatever mistake, anything that happens, cannot affect us in the wrong way. He’s always trying to make sure we’re focused on football, and that’s it. The team has improved a lot in that way."

It has been a difficult season so far for Perez - he has scored just once in the Premier League and has found himself out of the starting line-up in recent games.

Jack Cork of Burnley and Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United in action during the Premier League match between Burnley and Newcastle United at Turf Moor on October 30, 2017 in Burnley, England.

However, the Spaniard is remaining positive and will hope to quickly re-establish himself as an important part of Benitez's plans.

Although he isn't a prolific goalscorer, Perez is effective at linking up play and getting into dangerous attacking areas.

Newcastle, who have lost their last four Premier League games in succession, will be determined to return to winning ways when they travel to face West Bromwich Albion, who are without a permanent manager, tomorrow night.

Benitez's side have fallen to 14th place in the table and know that they must improve significantly, especially defensively, if they are to get out of their current predicament.


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