Ayoze Perez has a message for Newcastle United ahead of takeover

Ayoze Perez has wished his old club Newcastle United all the best – ahead of a £300million takeover.
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The club is on the brink of being taken over by a group led by financier Amanda Staveley.

Staveley is backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and billionaire property investors David and Simon Reuben.

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And the forward has spoken about his time at St James’s Park in an interview with Sky Sports.

"I just wish them the best – they’re a special team for myself,” said Perez. “It was a very important part of my career.

“They gave me the opportunity to become a professional footballer, and I grew up a lot in that city, in that club. I always look at their results, and I always hope for the best for them."

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Tenerife-born Perez – who gave an emotional interview to the Gazette after playing his last game for Newcastle – had been tipped to move to Spain.

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"To be honest, Leicester were one of the last teams that came to my agent to tell him they were interested,” said the 26-year-old.

"There were a couple of Spanish teams who we were talking to and trying to figure out if we could do a deal.

"I flew to London and had a long conversation with him (Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers), trying to get to know each other, to speak a little bit.

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"After I walked out of that meeting, I had the feeling that it was going to be the right decision to join Leicester. Brendan is such a great manager. The way he treated me and the way he spoke to me was important in my decision.

"Obviously, Leicester is also building up a great project. It's a great team which is developing. So, in the end, it was an easy decision. If you ask me today if it was the right one, I would say so."

Listen to the latest Mouth of the Tyne podcast on the proposed Newcastle United takeover here