Valentino Lazaro signs for Champions League club after rejecting NUFC – Official photos

January loanee Valentino Lazaro has completed a move to Borussia Mönchengladbach, joining the Germans on a season-long loan with an option to buy from Inter Milan.

Following the announcement, The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder reveals the Austrian ‘turned down’ a return to St James’ Park due to a ‘lack of first-team assurances’.

As a result, he signs with the Bundesliga side who are set to compete in the Champions League next season after finishing 4th in the German top flight in 2019/20.

Here’s what the Borussia Monchengladbach’s sporting director Max Eberl has had to say since he signed:

“We’re delighted that the loan move has gone through and that Tino has chosen to come to Borussia,”

“He is a very versatile player and adds even more strength and depth to our squad.”

For me, we’ve only got ourselves to blame here, with Steve Bruce’s reluctance to start the talented 24-year-old often leaving fans baffled last season given he often showed real flashes of quality, intent and energy from the bench.

Another loan deal with an option to buy could’ve been ideal given our budget, however a return to Germany at a club set for the Champions League appears to be a far more attractive proposition for the Austrian – especially when he was not guaranteed regular minutes under Steve Bruce.

I can’t help but feel we’ll live to regret how we handled his six-month loan stint at St James’ Park as there’s clearly a very capable player in there.

Good luck, Valentino!

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3 thoughts on “Valentino Lazaro signs for Champions League club after rejecting NUFC – Official photos

  1. Not when it comes to getting a story out there about Newcastle. Seems to be you can make up what you like.

    Dont shoot the messenger though.

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  2. Lazaro was just another short term solution to a long term problem. He wasn’t given much of a chance but then he wasn’t up to defending in the prem, he was quite good going forward though. He never made any sounds like he wanted to stay, and his agent obviously had bigger plans for his wallet than a lowball offer from us.
    Good luck to him, lets hope we can get at least 5 players ‘over the line’ or we’ll be in the same position come January again. We need a left back, winger, and a CM but only after we’ve spent on a decent striker. Can’t wait to hear the Bas Dost stories roll out again. Chris Wood would be a good shout for us, and to be fair aiming higher than that woill be disappointing as I doubt many players would want to join us at the moment.

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