Ayoze Perez set to follow Rafa Benitez out of Newcastle United

Ayzoe Perez is set to follow Rafa Benitez out of St James’s Park.

Tuesday, 2nd July 2019, 8:57 pm
Ayoze Perez.

The Newcastle United forward is understood to be close to joining Leicester City.

Perez – the club’s leading scorer for the past two seasons – suggested it was “time for a change” last season, and there have been talks with the Premier League club this week.

Speaking to the Gazette, the 25-year-old said: “Obviously, it’s always going to be in my heart, whatever happens. This place, this city, this club – everything is going to be in my heart forever.”

Perez, signed as an unknown from Tenerife five years ago, has two years left on his United contract.

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Meanwhile, Benitez left on Sunday when his managerial contract expired and today joined Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang.

The club’s players report back for the start of pre-season training on Thursday.