Ayoze Perez has suggested that a “long summer” could lead him away from Newcastle, with the Spanish forward offering no guarantees amid links to the likes of Tottenham and Valencia.The 25-year-old has spent five years in English football, with the 2018-19 campaign proving to be his most productive to date.He delivered a personal best 13 goals to the Magpies’ cause, sparking talk of a potential first senior international call-up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? With his efforts attracting inertest from afar, Perez conceded that he would like to test himself in La Liga at some stage.It could be that the summer of 2019 sees him take on that challenge, though he could remain in the Premier League either in his current surroundings or at a domestic rival.Perez is reluctant to be drawn into a debate on what could happen, but has kept the exit door open by telling the Shields Gazette: “It’s something that I cannot say right now. You cannot guarantee it.“We’ll see. It’s going to be a long summer. Obviously, there’s going to be a day where you make a decision.”It depends on many things. Let’s see what happens. Obviously, this place is always going to be in my heart, whatever happens. We’ll see what happens.”Perez is pleased with the progress he has made since linking up with Newcastle.He was a highly-rated youngster when leaving Tenerife in 2014, but admits he was stepping into the unknown when swapping the Canary Islands for Tyneside.“I didn’t know what was coming. I have no idea, to be honest,” Perez added.“But what I know is that I cannot thank Newcastle enough – the city, the club, everything around – for what they have given me.“I say again, I wasn’t even a professional. I came to a different world, and I cannot thank Newcastle enough for what they gave me.”It’s been five unbelievable years, ups and downs, unforgettable moments, bad moments, but it’s part of the process that made me a better footballer and person.“Obviously, it’s always going to be in my heart, whatever happens. This place, this city, this club – everything is going to be in my heart forever.”While hinting at a switch elsewhere, Perez concedes he will find it difficult to drag himself away from St James’ Park.He added: “Yes, that’s something that’s always in [my] mind.“This kind of environment … you don’t see it in many places. We’ll see what happens. It’s going to be a long summer, whatever can happen. I cannot guarantee anything, but we’ll see.“It’s time to rest, to enjoy and be with my family and friends. We’ll see.”
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market ran ahead sharply Friday on relief that another major central bank is stepping up to help keep the global economic recovery on track.The S&P/TSX composite index jumped 154.63 points to 14,613.32 after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly expanded a key stimulus program.It will increase its purchases of government bonds and other assets in the world’s third-largest economy by between 10 trillion yen and 20 trillion yen (US$91 billion to $181 billion) to about 80 trillion yen (US$725 billion) in total annually.Bank of Japan’s surprise stimulus gives jolt to global markets: ‘Traders couldn’t be happier’Bank governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the increase was required to prevent a reversal into a “deflationary mindset” that the country’s leaders contend has held back growth for many years. The bank judged the move necessary in the wake of weakening consumer demand following a consumption tax hike and the recent substantial decline in oil prices, which have been exerting downward pressure on inflation.“At the very least it says central bankers are going to do everything they can to try to get growth going,” said Philip Petursson, director of institutional equities at Manulife Asset Management.“And that’s what it seems like in Japan — this is everything and the kitchen sink.”The Canadian dollar fell 0.6 of a cent to 88.72 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that gross domestic product dipped 0.1% in August against the flat showing that economists had expected.In New York, the Dow Jones industrials shot up 194.9 points to 17,390.32, and the S&P 500 index gained 23.4 points to 2,018.05 — both indexes ending the session at new highs — while the Nasdaq climbed 64.6 points to 4,630.74. The move by the Japanese central bank comes at a point when the U.S. Federal Reserve is winding up its marquee stimulus program. It announced Wednesday that quantitative easing would end at the end of October.Meanwhile, the TSX found support from the financial, tech and industrials sectors.The energy sector was also positive, up 2.1% even as December crude fell 58 cents to US$80.54 a barrel.Imperial Oil reported a 45% jump in quarterly profit to $936 million or $1.10 a share, up from $647 million, or 76 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 12.4% to $9.66 billion and its shares gained $2.42 to $54.23.The base metals sector also gained 2.1% as December copper dipped two cents to US$3.05 a pound.Gold prices have been a major casualty of the Fed move to end QE. That is because the program of massive bond purchases had elevated inflation concerns. Traders had bought into gold as an inflation hedge but the program is now wrapping up and inflation is tame in most parts of the world.“When you are absent inflation in any meaningful way, it’s a real challenge to hold onto what has long been known as the best inflation hedge,” added Petursson. “So the outlook for gold and gold companies continues to be negative.”Also working against gold and other commodity prices has been a higher U.S. dollar. A stronger greenback makes it more expensive for holders of other currencies to buy oil and metals, which are dollar-denominated.The Toronto gold sector is down about 15% this week alone, with December bullion falling $27 on Friday to US$1,171.60 an ounce.The TSX ended last week ahead 69 points or 0.5% as stocks continue to claw back some of the losses racked up during a sell-off that peaked mid-October.The Dow industrials fared much better, gaining 585 points or 3.5%.