Valentino Lazaro is hoping his loan move may be the start of a “great and long story” at NUFC – comments that don’t match up with what his agent was telling the Italian press earlier this week.
The 23-year-old’s representative – Max Hagmayr – stated just yesterday that the Austrian’s “first choice” is to return to Inter Milan and fight for his place at the San Siro when his loan deal expires at the end of the season.
He was signed by the Serie A giants for £20m last summer but struggled to nail down a place in Antonio Conte’s side.
His agents comments suggest he’s only at St James’ Park to play, regain some form and show Inter what they’re missing, but the player himself has hinted at a long-term stint on Tyneside:
Here’s what Lazaro himself told the club’s official website when asked about his arrival at Newcastle:
“Of course, it’s something special.
“Let’s hope it’s going to be a great start to maybe a great and long story,”
“The number one reason is, of course, playing time,”
“That’s what it’s all about. I want to play more again and show my abilities.
“Like I said, the talks I had with the coach were very convincing. I have a great chance here to get a lot of playing time and I want to play my part in this team and help the team reach the goals and also make the fans happy.”
“Of course the Premier League is something different again.
“I know a lot of players in the Premier League as well so their experience is going to help me and, of course,
“I’ve learnt a lot about football already so I don’t think adapting will be a problem for me,”
“I just want to get to know the boys, get out there and give it my all!”
Hoping for a ‘great and long story’ at the club are not comments the comments of a man who is fully focused on going straight back to Inter Milan when his loan move ends.
That said, he’s got a lot of impressing to do on Tyneside if we’re going to pay £20m to sign him on a permanent deal this summer.
Either way, let’s hope he can make an immediate impact, with him expected to feature in Steve Bruce’s squad to face Norwich on Saturday.