The agent of Newcastle United January recruit Valentino Lazaro has admitted that his client’s ‘first choice’ is to return to Inter Milan in the summer.
Austrian wide-man Lazaro only made the move to the San Siro last year.
After impressing during a 2-year stint with Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga, new Inter boss Antonio Conte sanctioned a £20 million swoop for Lazaro, with the 23-year-old having been expected to slot into the right wing-back berth in the Nerazzurri’s XI.
However, the months since, to put it lightly, proved a disappointment for both club and player.
Lazaro majorly struggled during his short stint in Serie A, having been afforded starts in just 3 of Inter’s first 20 league outings.
In addition, when he did feature, the 26-time capped Austrian international too often looked lacking in both confidence and, crucially, end product.
As such, it came as little surprise to see Lazaro tipped for a January San Siro departure, just 6 months on from his arrival.
And, despite rumoured interest from a number of clubs around Europe, in the end, it was Premier League outfit Newcastle United who clinched a deal for the wide-man.
The Magpies confirmed Lazaro’s signing last Friday, on loan for the remainder of the campaign:
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 24, 2020
Inter, meanwhile, subsequently revealed that Steve Bruce’s men also have the option to make Lazaro’s addition permanent come the summer.
‘Help the Nerazzurri’
If the player himself has his way, though, this will not prove to be the case.
Speaking in an interview with FCInterNews earlier today, Lazaro’s agent, Max Hagmayr, was drawn on his client’s intentions moving forward.
And Hagmayr went on to confirm that Lazaro’s ‘first choice’ is to secure a return to the San Siro:
‘Valentino is happy to play in the Premier League and to be able to improve himself and show his quality in the English league.’
‘The player’s first choice is to go back to Inter. With more time available he wants to demonstrate that he can help the Nerazzurri to win the Scudetto.’
Quotes via Football-Italia