Ayoze Perez has suggested he may soon leave Newcastle United in a recent Spanish interview, sparking mixed reactions from supporters.
While speaking to his nation’s El Chiriguito TV this week, Perez revealed an ambition to return to La Liga in the future and that now may be ‘the moment’.
The Chronicle have translated Perez’s interview, in which the striker spoke candidly about his aspirations.
When quizzed on where his future lies, Perez stated: “I believe in cycles. I think there is a moment where you plan things, to undergo a change and I think after five years, I think it’s the moment.
“To go back to your country and play for a big team and enjoy La Liga would be something great for my career.”
Perez has endured an unusual season, receiving a lot of criticism in the early stages due to his poor performances.
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But since the turn of the year, he’s been one of Newcastle’s top performers, with four goals to his name.
However the Spaniard still has his detractors, creating some animosity between him and the Toon faithful.
His latest revelations have created almost instant debate between supporters, all revolving around one question.
Would Newcastle miss Perez?
Newcastle fans react to Perez interview
No surprise Perez is ready to leave
Love him or hate him, Perez has been a tremendous servant to Newcastle.
He’s been at the club for five years and in that time become one of Newcastle’s highest-scoring Premier League players.
That’s not bad considering he’s played just four seasons in the top flight.
However he’s also undoubtedly a frustrating figure, especially for a Newcastle fanbase who have been spoiled with goal scoring talent over the years.
The Spaniard has always been berated by a section of supporters, but animosity grew bigger than ever after Newcastle’s 10 match winless run.
He was blamed solely for Newcastle’s lack of attacking prowess, and he clearly took it to heart. His goals since have all been celebrated with a ‘fingers in the ears’ pose, presumably a message to his critics. But if anything this has angered his detractors more.
Because whether he scores or not, his play will never be good enough for them. No footballer wants to play for a club where they feel they are not wanted.
But unfortunately for Perez, there are some supporters he will never win over.