Ayoze Perez has spoken out about his time at Newcastle United, saying he wishes his former club the best and praised them for giving him his big break, in conversation with Sky Sports.
The 26-year-old joined the Magpies in 2014, moving from Spanish second division side Tenerife to St James’ Park, and spent five years on Tyneside.
During his time at Newcastle, Perez made close to 200 competitive appearances, scoring 48 goals and claiming 17 assists.
Last summer, the former Spain Under-21 international was controversially sold to Leicester City after the Foxes activated his £30million clause.
Perez admitted that he could have quit Newcastle to join a club in La Liga, but chose Leicester after talking with Brendan Rodgers, who convinced him of a switch to the Midlands.
Despite having left the Magpies, he retains a soft spot for them, telling Sky Sports: “I just wish them the best.
“They are a special team for myself. 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.”
Perez split opinion amongst the Newcastle fanbase during his time on Tyneside as well as with his switch to a Premier League rival, but despite this he still looks back fondly on the club and the city.
He has certainly improved Leicester, who earlier in the season were deemed dark horses for the title and, even after Liverpool raced ahead, were still being fancied for a Champions League spot.
However, with Newcastle potentially being taken over in the coming weeks, could the Magpies find themselves gatecrashing the Champions League places in seasons to come, ahead of Leicester?