Ayoze Perez has dismissed talk of a January move away from Newcastle United – as he’s “happy” at St James’s Park.
Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are weighing up moves for the talented forward.
But the 22-year-old feels he is better staying on Tyneside as he’s playing week in, week out – even though the team is struggling near the foot of the Premier League.
Perez – who has scored three goals so far this season – feels he is improving at relegation-threatened Newcastle, who face Liverpool at St James’s Park on Sunday.
Asked about his future, Perez said: “I am happy here.
“I am playing and am getting better. I cannot ask for anything else, because I am happy here.”
United head coach Steve McClaren told Perez last month that it would be a mistake to leave the club in January.
McClaren said: “His career is definitely best served here, absolutely. He’s getting development, a good education, the right training and most important of all, he’s playing.”
Spain Under-21 international Perez, however, is ambitious, and he is keen to represent his country at senior level.
“I hope one day I can play for Spain – it will be a dream for me,” said Perez, who collected the North East Football Writers’ Association’s young player of the year trophy at Ramside Hall on Sunday.
“But I will have to work hard because I am still young.
“I have a lot to do to achieve that dream.”
Perez, signed from Tenerife last year as an unknown, was a joy to watch in a largely joyless 2014-15 season.
And United would have been relegated had it not been for his seven league goals.
Perez’s has also impressed this season, and he won the FWA award –Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat was named the North East player of the year – because of his consistency over the calendar year.
Asked about the award, he said: “I am really happy to get this award.
“It is a big pleasure for me. If I get this, it is because I have done something well.”