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Perez planning for return home

14th March 2019, 17:27 by Chris Rivers

Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez says he wants to play in Spain again but insists he's happy with life in England for now.

The Toon brought in the 25-year-old from Tenerife in 2014, beating off competition from the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, according to Perez himself.

Although he's not been prolific in his five years at St James' Park, netting 42 times in 187 appearances for the Magpies, the Spaniard has been a key player for Rafael Benitez this season.

His hard work for the north-east outfit has reportedly caught the attention of several clubs, with Real Sociedad and Real Betis understood to be fans of Perez.

The forward has now admitted he dreams of playing in his homeland again but was keen to stress he has no plans to move away from Newcastle at this moment in time.

When asked by Spanish newspaper Marca whether he wants to return to Spain, Perez replied: "Yes. I am very grateful to Newcastle - I have grown and matured here, but it is obvious that some day I would like to come back and play in La Liga.

"To this day, I do not know [what the futures holds]. I hope something very good. I believe that I have shown my merit during these five years so that a good opportunity presents itself."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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