Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez says he is in dream world after consecutive Premier League goals for the Magpies.
Perez netted against Tottenham and Liverpool and has spoken to AS, predicting the Reds will struggle against Real Madrid when they meet in the Champions League tomorrow.
He also reflected on his decision to turn down an approach from Real Madrid Castilla to sign for Newcastle, and to ignore the advances of Porto and former Spain Under-21 Coach Julen Lopetegui when he left Tenerife for north east England.
“I’m in the middle of a dream and I don’t want it to stop,” he said.
“I love the Premier League and have been lucky enough to score in to consecutive games and we’ve won four in a row. I can’t ask for more.
“In a few days everything has changed for me in a brutal fashion.
“The Coach decided to put me in when Papiss Cisse was hurt and I haven’t done badly. I need confidence through minutes and goals. The goal against Tottenham helped and I needed it.
“I’ve noticed the intensity and the pace of Premier League games. There is a lot of running. The intensity is a lot higher than in Spain. You have to adapt quickly.
“My brother Samuel is here [playing for Blyth Spartans in the seventh tier] and with him here I have almost everything. We live together and do everything together. He’s a great support.”
Perez confirmed that he could have joined RM Castilla and was very close to Porto before the offer from Newcastle took precedence.
“It’s true there was interest from Madrid. We were close to a deal but I decided not to go,” he revealed.
“I was very, very close to going to Porto. But in the end, little details weren’t cleared up and then came Newcastle. They made me feel important and that’s what I picked.”
Perez is still following La Liga, however, and believes Madrid are the best team in the country but won’t have it easy, even with Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals.
“It’s tight but it seems Madrid are a step above the rest. But there’s a lot of time to go and there will be ups and downs for everyone,” Perez argued.
“There’s no way to explain Cristiano. You start to think how hard it is to score and see the ease with which he does…
“It’s a gift and there’s huge work behind it. His numbers speak for themselves.”