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…
- Rafael Benitez left his post as Newcastle boss at the end of June to take over at Dalian Yifang.
- Ayoze Perez has followed his former manager out of the door by joining Leicester City.
- The Foxes have parted with £30m for the Spaniard’s services.
- Perez had two years left on his Newcastle contract and has signed a four-year deal at the King Power Stadium.
- 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.”
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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.