Espanyol star Hernan Perez has said that despite his devotion to the La Liga side he has a "dream" of playing for Chelsea, ahead of possible moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid. The Paraguay international had been forced to clarify these statements with a Twitter message after some fans questioned his commitment to the club.
The 27-year-old moved to the Barcelona-based side last summer from Valladolid after agreeing a four-year deal to fill the gap left by Lucas Vazquez's departure to Real Madrid. The former Villarreal winger has since become into a crucial member of the Espanyol squad, both for current manager Galca and former boss Sergio Gonzalez, who was sacked in December.
Perez is in the middle of arguably his best season to date, serving as Espanyol's joint top scorer in La Liga alongside Felipe Caicedo, with six goals in 24 appearances for the club. He had become a fan favourite, but quotes emerging from an interview in his homeland, where he said he dreamed of moving to Chelsea, saw many question his passion for Espanyol.
Perez said to La Nacion: "Since I started playing football, my target was always to play in the Premier League and I will not stop until I get it. I dream of playing for Chelsea, I always liked them, ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona. If I get to choose, I will not hesitate to go to England."
The Espanyol player has now been forced to issue a clarification message on his Twitter account, to reassuring the club's fans that he is fully committed to the La Liga side.
He tweeted: "I would like to clarify to the people that everyone has a dream. I came here to give my best for Espanyol and I prove it with facts, leaving everything on the pitch."