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Newcastle striker Perez: Why playing for Benitez a dream come true...

Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez admits playing for Rafa Benitez is a dream come true.

Perez was a junior when Benitez led hometown club Tenerife into the LaLiga.

He told The Sun: "I was really young when he was manager there.

“But I watched them on television. Because my family were all Tenerife supporters, I had no choice!

“I remember we won an away game to get promoted and I was on the sofa celebrating. Then, as soon as the final whistle went, we all went to town and celebrated.

“So I remember that moment — on the sofa, really young, watching them play, celebrating the promotion.

“And now, after a lot of years, Rafa is my manager — and he likes to tell me about those players and that season. It is a dream."

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