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Leicester City confirm signing of Ayoze Perez from Newcastle

By Steve Jennings

Published: 15:48, 4 July 2019

Leicester City have completed the signing of Ayoze Perez from Newcastle United, the club has announced.

Perez, who made 195 appearances over five years at Newcastle, has signed a four-year deal with the Foxes and becomes Brendan Rodgers’ second signing of the summer.

Ayoze Perez to Newcastle: Five key things to know…

  1. Rafael Benitez left his post as Newcastle boss at the end of June to take over at Dalian Yifang.
  2. Ayoze Perez has followed his former manager out of the door by joining Leicester City.
  3. The Foxes have parted with £30m for the Spaniard’s services.
  4. Perez had two years left on his Newcastle contract and has signed a four-year deal at the King Power Stadium.
  5. The Spaniard was Newcastle’s top scorer in 2018/19 with 13 goals across all competitions.

The 25-year-old joined Newcastle for just £1.5m from Tenerife in 2014, so the Magpies have certainly made a considerable profit on the attacking midfielder.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Perez said: “I’m very happy and very pleased. I’m very proud to be part of the Leicester family and I can’t wait to get started.

“The Club want to keep growing as much as they can and that’s something I like. I spoke with the manager and that was important. That made me feel very comfortable about the decision to come here.”

Rodgers also highlighted the importance of bringing in a player with, not only an “eye for goal”, but also someone who possesses vast Premier League experience.

He stated: “I think Ayoze will be a wonderful addition to the squad. He’s quick, has a good eye for goal and he’s experienced in the Premier League too.

“I think he’s a player who will excite our supporters, and his style is one that I believe complements the options and quality that we already have here at the Football Club.”

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Leicester have made Perez their second summer signing following the arrival of 21-year-old right-back James Justin from Luton Town.

Perez has made two appearances for Spain’s Under-21s in the past but is yet to play for his country’s senior team.