Ayoze Perez rejected Valencia switch ahead of Leicester City transfer

Leicester City forward Ayoze Perez has admitted he turned down the chance to return to Spain, to join Brendan Rodgers' side this summer.

Perez, 26, moved to the Foxes in a £30M deal from Newcastle at the back end of last season, however the former Tenerife said told an interview with Spanish outlet ABC – that he turned down a move to Valencia.

"It is true that Valencia were interested in me."

"And I was tempted to consider a move back to Spain."

"I miss the food, the weather and the lifestyle in Spain, and of course I would like to return in the future."

"However Leicester offered me an ambitious project, where I would play an important role."

"The move has been excellent for me, as I am playing in an attacking team and we are doing well."

Perez admitted that he did find the adjustment to the intensity of the Premier League a real test when he moved to Tyneside in 2014, but he is hopeful that he is now equipped to the rigours of the English top flight.

He also stated his desire to play for Spain at senior level. having gained two caps at U21 whilst at Newcastle, and his form with Rodgers' side so far this season has put him in the reckoning for a call up from Robert Moreno.

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