Newcastle fans all agree it would be a big mistake to let Ayoze Perez leave this summer, after a report linked the Spaniard with both Napoli and Real Sociedad.
According to the Chronicle, Perez wants to stay on Tyneside this summer, but both Sociedad and Napoli will try to change his mind.
New Sociedad boss Roberto Olabe wants both Perez and Mikel Merino to help shape his side, after Perez found form towards the end of last season.
Napoli are also in the race, as the Italian giants are likely to undergo a major squad overhaul this summer with Europe’s elite sniffing around their best players.
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Perez has been massively inconsistent since his move to Tyneside, but he is one of those players that just gets what fans expect from their stars, and has finally hit the form to reward his hard work in recent months.
The clever Spaniard grabbed eight goals and five assists, and at 24 is just about to enter the prime of his career.
Rafael Benitez is pursuing another creative number ten to compete with Perez this summer, but fans are clearly hoping it doesn’t force him out, and you can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
I think the best is yet to come from him which is awesome tbf. A few people in seats near me at SJP are criticising him all time and I’ve never understood it. A cracking player who is only gonna get better.
— michael forster (@foschops) June 11, 2018
Good, I’d be sorry to see him go, he’s thriving under Rafa
— ♠ Gus ♠ (@Gustoon) June 11, 2018
Probably. Kenedy made a big difference to his game having another top player on his wave length to work with. Always hugely talented but when we were short of attacking ideas previously, we’d ask too much of him imo. Ayoze and Mitro could be deadly together next season.
— Dan Snowden (@DanSnowden) June 11, 2018
You can see over the years that he really loves the place. For the near 30 years I’ve supported the team, what we’ve always wanted is people who play for the badge and are passionate about the team, and he definitely falls within that bracket!
— Gareth (@iamGWR) June 11, 2018
I’ve knocked him more than most for his decision making (on the pitch) but the lads come on a ton under Rafa. One of the first names on the tram sheet for me now.
— Chris Wake (@Wakes1980) June 11, 2018
so under valued, think he’s better playing as a second striker as opposed to a 10. Would be interesting to see him play alongside mitro now after a couple years experience at this level
— Scott (@scottycoops84) June 11, 2018