That's the claim of his former Tenerife manager Alvaro Cervera.
"When it became known there was interest from the Premier League, that is what he desired," said Cervera to the Daily Express. "There were plenty of other clubs who were enthusiastic about his potential, but in the end the decision was with the player.
"Perez has a very strong mind, and that is one of the reasons why he will be a big success, because he thinks carefully about everything he does and works at his game so hard."
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