Newcastle United News: Perez Claims He ‘Has Options’

Striker Now Has 11 Goals For The Season

Ayoze Perez Newcastle United
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Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez has hinted at a possible summer departure from St James’s Park.

Perez scored a hat-trick for the Magpies in their 3-1 victory over Southampton on Saturday. The result means Newcastle have secured Premier League safety.

The 25-year-old has now scored 11 goals for the season and his performances have put him on the radar of a number of La Liga clubs.

“In the summer, there are going to be options,” he said after Saturday’s result. “That means I have done ­something well. I’ll be up for hearing what is coming, but it doesn’t mean I am going to leave 100 per cent at the end of the season.

“It is going to be a difficult decision and depends on a lot of things.”

Saturday’s haul has put Perez in the list of Newcastle’s top ten goalscorers in the Premier League era – something he is well aware of.

“Such a big club, such a tough league,” he said. “I need to think about that because it is something to be proud of, and something very big for myself that I couldn’t even imagine when I signed.”

Perez joined Newcastle from Tenerife in Spain’s second division for a fee of just £1.5million in 2014.

Seven of his goals have come since the arrival of Miguel Almiron from MLS side Atlanta United at the end of January.