Perez dismisses Newcastle exit talk

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Ayoze Perez insists he will not leave Newcastle United in January, despite reports linking the forward with a move to Tottenham.

Spaniard Perez is one of the few players at the relegation-threatened Magpies to earn any plaudits this season, scoring three goals and creating two others.

The 22-year-old's form has reportedly caught the eye of Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, but the former Tenerife man has dismissed the suggestions he could be on his way out of St James' Park.

"I'm happy here. I am playing and I am getting better. I cannot ask for anything else because I am happy here," he said.

This week Perez has been named the North East Football Writers' Association's young player of the year.

And after collecting the award, he admitted he is targeting a place in the Spain squad.

"I hope one day I can play for Spain, it will be a dream for me," he added.

"But I will have to work hard because I am still young. I have a lot to do before I achieve that dream."

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren, meanwhile, has been forced into recalling centre-back Mike Williamson from a loan spell at Championship outfit Wolves following an injury to Jamaal Lascelles.