Exclusive: Newcastle United loan man 'unhappy' – but determined to prove Premier League worth
Newcastle United winger Valentino Lazaro is unhappy at the game time given to him by Steve Bruce post-lockdown – but remains determined to prove himself in the Premier League, with his future uncertain.
The Austrian international, on loan from Inter Milan, has played his part in each of United’s five games since their return to football, but each time the wideman had to be content with cameos off the bench.
Lazaro has played in total just 73 minutes in the last five Magpies games, his longest spell on the pitch coming at Bournemouth last midweek – a game in which he impressed, netting his second goal of his loan spell and cracking the bar soon after.
But the Gazette has learned the 24-year-old is desperate to start for United, especially with the carrot of a permanent move to St James’s Park dangled at the end of the current season. Lazaro has started just three games for the Magpies since making the January switch from Serie A, his last in the Premier League came on February 22, ending in a red card and defeat at Crystal Palace.
Lazaro has started just once in his natural, more advanced position – in the FA Cup extra-time victory at West Brom, where he netted his only other United goal.
Steve Bruce has promised to rotate his squad with just five top flight games to go and with Allan Saint-Maximin set for a rest at Manchester City, Lazaro is likely to battle it out with Matt Ritchie for a starting slot.
Lazaro is thought to be open to making the United deal permanent, but is yet to really be given a run of games to prove his worth in England.
Inter Milan are thought to be keen to sell the player this summer – and want to recoup £20million for the former Hertha Berlin and RB Salzburg man.
Nabil Bentaleb and Danny Rose also face an uncertain future with their time at Schalke and Spurs likely to be over.
Rose could be available for as little as £5million, while United have a clause to make Bentaleb’s deal permanent.
RB Leipzig will make a move for Lazaro, if United step back from a deal.