Valentino Lazaro’s agent has claimed the defender wants to return to Inter following his loan spell at Newcastle, despite the Magpies supposedly having an option to sign the Austrian permanently.
Lazaro became Newcastle’s second signing of January and joins Steve Bruce’s side until the end of the 2019/20 season.
But, despite the Magpies reportedly being able to sign the full-back for £20m at the end of the deal, his agent Max Hegmayr claims Lazaro would prefer to return to Italy with the Nerazzurri.
As told to FC Inter News, Hegmayr stated: “The player’s first choice is to return to Inter. With more time available he wants to demonstrate that he can help the Nerazzurri club to win the Scudetto.”
The 23-year-old was signed by Inter from Hertha BSC in the summer, but has failed to impress Antonio Conte, who has instead opted to sign the experienced duo of Victor Moses and Manchester United’s Ashley Young.
Despite having started just three Serie A games all season, Newcastle will be counting on Lazaro to help bolster their injury-stricken defence. Bruce’s team have suffered with injuries all term, with full-backs Matt Ritchie, Javier Manquillo and Jetro Willems all having faced lengthy spells on the sidelines.
But even if Lazaro proves to be a success in the Premier League, it appears likely he will re-join Inter regardless of whatever happens during his time on Tyneside.
The defender has been capped 28 times for Austria and is available for Newcastle’s home clash with bottom-placed Norwich this Saturday, with the Magpies currently sat seven points above the drop.
In spite of an ever-growing injury list, Lazaro is only one of two winter signings at St. James’ Park so far, with former Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb also making the move to England on loan from Schalke.