Ayoze Perez sends classy message to Newcastle United fans
Ayoze Perez has delivered an emotional farewell message to Newcastle United fans after joining Leicester City in a £30million deal.
The forward has signed a four-year contract at the King Power Stadium after the club activated his buyout clause at St James’s Park.
Perez – who had joined Newcastle from Tenerfie as an unknown five years ago – said goodbye through a video he posted on Twitter.
"The time has come to say goodbye,” said the 25-year-old.
“I would like to write a few words of gratitude for the club, city and the supporters who have been such an important part of my career and personal life.
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"Firstly, thanks to the people who placed faith in me and for giving me the chance to play in the Premier League. I would also like to acknowledge every coach, team-mate and employee who I have been with during my time at Newcastle.
“I have learned a lot from all of them, and shared many experiences, that helped me grow as a footballer and a person.
"I leave as a man, but I arrived as a boy and for this I can only be grateful to a great club, great supporters and a beautiful city which cared for me from the moment I arrived.
"Never forget I will carry on being Geordie. I feel like I’m an Academy graduate. I will always be happy to be given the opportunity of fulfilling my dream of playing in the Premier League."