Valentino Lazaro’s agent Max Hagmayr has all but confirmed that the Austrian star will not be returning to St James’ Park this summer – with him close to joining a Champions League club instead.
During an exclusive interview with Sempreinter.com, his outspoken agent speaks out about his “disappointing” loan stint on Tyneside, suggesting ‘something changed’ after lockdown that saw him receive a surprise lack of game time under Steve Bruce.
He insists that Lazaro was “very excited” to sign in January, however it seems any slim hopes we had of bringing him back on loan are over, with Hagmayr revealing that he’s now closing in on his next move to an unnamed ‘Champions League’ club.
Here’s what he’s had to say about it all:
“We are in talks with a club who will play in the Champions League next season. I don’t wish to comment on the club in question or which league they play in.
“All I can say is that soon we hope to be able wrap up talks with the club in question. This coming season is a very important one, with the Euro’s being played next summer, so it’s important that he plays regularly.
“I don’t want to comment on if it is a permanent transfer or a loan or say anything about the formula of the deal until everything has been done.
“We wanted to go to Newcastle so he would receive more playing time. He was very excited about joining them but he didn’t get the playing time we expected.
“What happened at Newcastle is disappointing because he started well when he arrived. Then after the breakout of COVID-19 pandemic something changed.
“Valentino doesn’t know himself what changed but he wasn’t played as much as he expected. Maybe it was because he was a player who was on loan and Newcastle preferred to play players they owned.
“Now we are focused on next season. The most important thing for him is to play regularly.”
Although his time on Tyneside will be deemed highly forgettable, I believe he showed patches of genuine quality and was regularly frustrated to see Steve Bruce leave him on the bench so often when he had the ability to impact games far more than some of our starters.
As a result, it’s no surprise to hear that he could earn himself a move to a UCL club this summer in favour of a potential return to Newcastle on loan.
After all, with him desperate for game time ahead of next year’s EURO 2021, it would be hard for him to justify a move back to Tyneside based on Steve Bruce’s bizarre reluctance to start him.