Ayoze Perez has revealed how he rejected offers from Real Madrid and Barcelona in order to join Newcastle United this summer.
The 21-year-old forward has impressed in the Premier League since joining the Magpies in June, and the former Tenerife prodigy explained that he prioritised first-team football over meandering through the Clasico giants' reserve teams.
"There was big interest from Real Madrid in particular - and some from Barcelona and Porto - but had I signed for one of these clubs would I have been playing in their first team?" he told The Sun.
"I could have ended up in their 'B' team so joining a big Premier League club seemed very much the right thing to do.
"I liked Newcastle's approach and the way they treated me and appreciated me."
Ayoze has scored four goals in 20 appearances for Newcastle so far in 2014-15.
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