Between the Lines: Perez hints at Newcastle exit, bad news for Rondon?

Ayoze Perez has revealed all on his Newcastle form and future in an interview with the Spanish press, and it looks the 25 year-old won’t be on Tyneside for long.

Much like last season, Newcastle have atoned for a woeful beginning to the campaign with a string of sensational home performances, racking up five league wins on the bounce at St. James’ Park.

Perez has been instrumental in that turnaround, just like he was last season, but in an interview published in Spanish outlet Marca, translated by Chronicle Live, he has revealed that he would like to return to La Liga.

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What’s the word?

“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,” he said.

“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.”

A crushing blow for Rondon

Perez has been on fire recently, scoring five times in his last ten games in all competitions.

More importantly, he has unearthed a brilliant understanding with Salomon Rondon, as the Venezuelan international may finally have ended Rafael Benitez’s hunt for a proper number nine.

Rondon is of course only on Tyneside on temporary basis at the moment, though all signs are pointing towards him penning a permanent deal.

However, it sounds like Perez has his eyes set on greater heights, perhaps disillusioned by the lack of investment since his arrival on Tyneside.

The 25 year-old is inconsistent in the final third and far from perfect, but considering how unlikely it is that the club will re-invest any money raised from a sale, losing him would be a crushing blow for both Benitez and Rondon.

The Magpies have finally found a strike partnership capable of putting the ball in the back of the net, and they must do everything in their power to convince the now-crucial Perez that his future belongs at St. James’ Park. If they allow the Spaniard to leave, it will be Rondon that suffers.

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