Perez hails Benitez

Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez has thanked Rafael Benitez for showing faith in him this season and insists he can make the Spain squad for next year's World Cup.

The Spaniard has started every Premier League game so far and admits his relationship with his manager has been key to his personal success.

"It's been a great start for me, playing every game from the start and he gave me a lot of confidence," Perez told Sky Sports while back home in Tenerife.

Perez spent the international break in his hometown of Santa Cruz teaching football skills to local children but insists getting in the Spain squad is not an unrealistic prospect, as long as he starts scoring soon.

Despite Newcastle's up-and-down form since Perez joined the club in 2014, the attacker has been linked with a move back to Spain, with Barcelona reportedly interested last season.

But the 24-year old is adamant he is not interested in moving from the city he now calls home.