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."