Ayoze Perez spoke about his time at Newcastle United, saying that he wished the best for his former club and congratulated them on giving him his big break during a conversation with Sky Sports.
The 26-year-old joined the Magpies in 2014, moving from Tenerife in the Spanish second division to St James’s Park, and spent five years at Tyneside.
During his time in Newcastle, Perez played nearly 200 competitive games, scoring 48 goals and collecting 17 assists.
Last summer, the former Spanish under-21 international was controversially sold to Leicester City after the Foxes activated his £ 30m clause.
Perez admitted he could have left Newcastle to join a La Liga club, but chose Leicester after speaking with Brendan Rodgers, who convinced him of a trip to the Midlands.
Although he has left the Magpies, he still has a soft spot for them, telling Sky Sports: “I just wish them the best.
“This is a special team for me. It was a very important part of my career. They gave me the opportunity to become a professional footballer and I grew up a lot in this city, in this club.
“I always watch their results and always hope for the best for them.”
Perez divided opinions from the Newcastle fan base during his time at Tyneside as well as his stint at a Premier League rival, but despite this, he still looks affectionately on the club and the city.
He certainly improved Leicester, who earlier in the season was considered a dark horse for the title and, even after Liverpool took the lead, he was still wanted for a place in the Champions League.
However, with the potential recovery of Newcastle in the coming weeks, could the Magpies find themselves crushing the places in the Champions League in the coming seasons, ahead of Leicester?