Valentino Lazaro’s agent has revealed that the Inter Milan loanee is already open to the idea of sealing a permanent move to St James’ Park.
Max Hagmayr – the Austrian’s representative – has also spoken highly of Steve Bruce, saying Lazaro immediately got a ‘very good feeling’ about the NUFC boss.
Lee Charnley is also praised for his part in negotiations and head of recruitment Steve Nickson for his eagerness to bring the wing-back to St James’ Park, with both helping convince Lazaro to sign given Hagmayr confirms he’d also held ‘very good talks’ with Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig.
Here’s what the 23-year-old’s agent has had to say about his arrival – revealing just how happy his client is to be here:
“He’s very happy to be in Newcastle. It’s a top club,”
“We also had very good talks with RB Leipzig and other clubs but we decided to go to Newcastle because Steve Bruce gave the boy a very good feeling and the talks and negotiations with Lee Charnley were good.
“The other clubs also told him he would play – all the clubs said the same ahead of the European Championships – and it was not about money because he could have earned the same at every club. It was the small things that made you feel that this might be the right club.
“It was how Steve Nickson introduced the club and how they made the decision to go for Valentino. He was very well-prepared. They were checking Valentino and this gives you a good feeling. Not only that they like the player and they want him but they made the decision for him and that made him feel safe after the six months at Inter.
“When I see Valentino now and how happy he is, I know we did a few things right coming here.
“We will see what’s going on in the next few months but first of all we have to live in the now.
“I would not say no [to a permanent deal] because we appreciate everything Newcastle is doing for Valentino.”
Hagmayr stated just a few weeks ago that Lazaro’s top priority was to perform well at Newcastle and force his way back into Conte’s plans at Inter Milan as a result, but his latest comments suggest he’d be more than willing to extend his stay should he impress.
A £20m ‘option to buy’ is said to exist in his current deal, so hopefully he can show the sort of form that convinced Inter Milan to pay £20m for him last summer – and sign permanently at St James’ as a result.
He looked sharp in his 40-minute cameo against Norwich the weekend before last and, without doing a great deal, immediately looked like a more assured and high-quality alternative to Yedlin (who’s final ball has let us down on countless occasions recently).