Ayoze Perez: I’m in no rush to leave Newcastle

HAPPY ... Ayoze Perez.
HAPPY ... Ayoze Perez.

AYOZE Perez has brushed aside speculation linking him with a summer move away from Newcastle United.

The Spanish striker, who has had an impressive first season on Tyneside, has reportedly attracted the interest of the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United over recent months.

However, the 21-year-old insists he is happy at St James’s Park, and believes it would be a mistake to leave the club so early.

Perez this week won Tenerife’s Sportsman of the Year award as he added to his growing collection of individual awards.

His head has not been turned, though.

When asked if he thought he could make another move soon, Perez told Diario De Avisos: “It would be a mistake to start thinking that now; it is too early.

“I’ve been at Newcastle for a few months and am very happy. I continue to work as usual and am in no rush.

“I just think about helping the team and returning all the trust the club has given me.

“Everything else, if you keep working hard, sooner or later it will end up coming.”

Perez joined Newcastle from Tenerife last summer, and was expected to play a largely bit-part role for the first-team this season.

However, he admits his success so far in the Premier League has “changed his life”.

The striker added: “The truth is that I can not ask for more; 2014 has been a great year in every way.

“It is wonderful how things have gone in no time. It has changed my life, as from almost not playing in Tenerife to playing in the Premier League, the jump has been great.

“I have assimilated so quickly and things have changed so much ... As I said, 2014 was a great year for me and I just hope that 2015 follows the same line.”

Perez is now focused on the final 10 games of his maiden Premier League campaign.

He continued: “There are 10 pretty tough matches and now comes a very tough schedule.

“It is true that we have not been consistent, but we want to try and finish the season as high as possible.

“We want to end the season with a good feeling before starting to prepare for next season.”