If you look at Rafa Benitez’ career in football management, he has been very successful and when you further consider he has been given free rein at Newcastle and will be backed by Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley with some big money it seems he has a good chance to make Newcastle successful again as a club.
And while we haven’t got everybody we wanted this summer because we are now a second division club, Rafa has managed to get some very good players into Newcastle and we have to believe part of that is because he is a world-class manager.
But also because of his legendary persuasive powers.
Achraf Lazaar with Rafa Benitez
Andrea Cattoli is the agent of Achraf Lazaar and he has told the Italian media that top Italian club Fiorentina were ready to sign the 24 year-old left-back from Palermo.
In fact the report is that they had an agreement in place last week, but Lazaar turned them down to join Newcastle United.
Cattoli has told TV station SportItalia that after Lazaar talked with manager Rafa Benitez about his goals at Newcastle – he wanted to join the Magpies.
This is some of what Cattoli has said:
“Fiorentina had reached an agreement with Palermo for Lazaar. I flew to England because there was the interest of Newcastle.”
“Lazaar spoke with Benitez and the boy then chose to fly to England.”
Cattoli did fly to Newcastle late last week and he held talks with Managing Director Lee Charnley and they went very well and the deal was then agreed rather quickly.
But it certainly helps when the player is keen to sign for Newcastle, even though we are currently in the second division.
Lazaar is exactly the type of player we need at Newcastle right now – a player who is keen to join us even though we are a second division side in England.
But hopefully that’s only until next May – and of course Lazaar can help us get promoted straight back to the Premier League.
Did I mention he’s a very good player?
Howay The Lads!!