Ayoze Perez ignored AGAIN by Spain despite form for Newcastle United – what it means for his future

Ayoze Perez has again been overlooked by Spain – despite a goal-laden Premier League campaign.

By Miles Starforth
Friday, 17 May, 2019, 13:11
Ayoze Perez.

Perez ended the season with personal-best haul of 13 goals in all competitions.

The forward's goals helped Newcastle United finish 13th in the league.

“I’m off to Spain," said Perez. "I’m looking for some sun. Now I’m focused on enjoying my holidays, to rest, because I need it.”

Perez, however, was hopeful of a first call-up to Spain's senior squad after hitting form in the second half of the season, having previously represented his country at Under-21 level.

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Ayoze Perez.

Luis Enrique today named his squad for next month’s games against Faroe Islands and Sweden.

There was a surprise recall for 34-year-old Santi Cazorla, now at Villarreal, but no place for Perez, who suggested last month that it was "time for a change" after five years at St James's Park.

Perez is mindful that a return to Spain could help his international career.

"There are going to be options,” said Perez. “That means I have done something well, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to leave 100%. It’s going to be a difficult decision. It depends on a lot of things.”

Asked about his Spain hopes after scoring a hat-trick against Southampton last month, Perez said: "It's a dream to be in that Spanish team, but it's not something I'm worried about now.

"I just want to finish as best as I can, and then we'll see what happens."