Achraf Lazaar is totally sidelined at Newcastle United.

Along wit Aarons and Saivet, the Moroccan left-back wasn’t even given a first team squad number this season.

The clear message to the three of them being that if they don’t find new clubs, they face a season of training and playing with the kids.

Speaking to the Italian media, Achraf Lazaar says that when he flew out to Italy last Friday, he understood the deal was going through and he just had to sign.

However, when it came down to it, the clubs couldn’t reach agreement.

At the time it was said that the year loan deal failed because of the buying option.

Both clubs agreed there would be one but whilst Genoa wanted a choice on whether to buy Lazaar next summer, Newcastle were insisting on a binding sale at the end of the loan deal.

It remains to be seen whether another loan club can be found elsewhere before the end of the month, with Italian clubs now ruled out with their transfer window having closed.

The signs maybe aren’t great as Achraf Lazaar is talking about the possibility of joining Genoa in January if a loan deal can be finally agreed.

Calciomercato reporting Achraf Lazaar talking to Gazzetta dello Sport:

 “On Friday morning, Newcastle had authorised me to fly to Italy.

“(I was told) I just had to sign the contract.

“Several voices were coming but, in the evening, the two clubs told me correctly that the deal had faded.

“And now? I hope to regain my space. I will work hard to get back to the top and be the protagonist, if not I will look around.

 “Obviously Italy and Serie A always remain in my heart.

“Try again with Genoa in January? Why not? I know Ballardini well, he trained me at Palermo. I wish him a great season.

“Things did not go as expected (since leavening Palermo). We did not see the real Lazaar.

At Newcastle I played very little and last year at Benevento we were relegated.”



  • HarryHype59

    This bloke is another “toxic asset”. It would be better for NUFC if the contract was cancelled and this guy was allowed to leave on a free. He just another drain on the wage bill who never plays.

    • Wezza

      True, although his weekly wage is not the 100k the club would like us to believe.

      • ghostrider

        The club doesn’t like you to believe anything of the sort.
        Just a Rafa signing that was discarded.

        • Big Hairy Man

          When Rafa is forced to scrape the bottom of the bargain bins on a budget equivalent to a kid’s pocket money it stands to reason that some will be duds.

          • ghostrider

            He’s paid a fortune to be better than most of the rest.
            He’s not paid a fortune to just be handed massive money to buy what he wants and to have another go if he buys duds.

          • MadMag83

            Mourinho is though… .

          • Big Hairy Man

            He is on a good salary but when was he handed massive money? The average transfer fee is now £16m in the PL. Rafa has to operate in the bargain basement.

        • Wor Lass

          Sometimes you sign someone for their potential but then they fail to achieve it. name me a manager who`s never signed someone who they later discard.

          • ghostrider

            No manager has.
            But you don’t buy a host of players and simply send them to Coventry after 5 minutes.

          • Wor Lass

            Only Arma went to Coventry – and he quite enjoyed it.

          • MadMag83

            Reminds me of when I first heard the saying “Sent to Coventry” I thought it was meant literally 😂

          • Brian Standen

            Chelsea do. Not literally but had 32 out on loan last season. Many new arrivals included

      • HarryHype59

        The average wage at this club is around £85k a week if you believe the £112m wage bill figure. In reality he will be in about £15k a week, which twice what other clubs would pay him.

        • Philippines

          For those wages I will nail my old studs back in the boots and get the dubbin out. Do the balls still have laces in them?

  • robbersdog

    Is this player really so bad that he couldn’t make a half-decent emergency option at left back? We’re not exactly spoiled for choice when it comes to full-backs.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    In short he came back because he’s useless

  • MadMag83

    He was dropped by Benevento towards the end of the season. Poor lad needs regular football to get his career back on track, could he not be loaned to a Championship side until January? Newcastle could even offer to pay some of his wages, better than him training with the kids.

  • Mrkgw

    Shame Benitez won’t give him a chance. Typical of the lack of opportunities.