Rafa Benitez reject confirms he’s now ‘in talks’ to leave NUFC on a permanent deal

Newcastle United left-back Achraf Lazaar has confirmed he’s now in talks to extend his stay at Sheffield Wednesday, suggesting the club are now keen to sign him on a permanent deal.

Despite a recent spell on the sidelines, the Moroccan international has impressed during his loan stint at Hillsborough – with the Owls winning all 4 Championship he’s played in this season, conceding just once in that period.

Here’s what the 27-year-old has had to say today, confirming he’s ‘in talks’ after the club indicated they’d be keen to keep him:

“Sheffield Wednesday would like to keep me, we’re talking about it.

“I have a two-year contract with Newcastle, we’ll see.”

“I was expecting a good experience (on loan at Sheffield Wednesday) but not as much as I’m experiencing.

“They are all happy, they would like me to stay a long time. They saw my value, I’m happy.

“This club deserves great things and the coach (Steve Bruce) has incredible experience.”

Considering he was signed by Benitez in the summer prior to our promotion campaign, it’s a little bizarre that Rafa has rarely given him a chance, however he now seems to be showing his worth under Steve Bruce.

Perhaps his attitude was an issue, but it is a situation that seems a little hard to explain given we’ve been woefully short on natural left-backs over the past few seasons.

Hopefully something can be agreed between ourselves and Sheffield Wednesday, with it making sense for all parties if a permanent deal can be agreed this summer.

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