We read the interview Achraf Lazaar gave to the Italian media recently where he seemed to slam Rafa Benitez for pleading with him to sign for Newcastle last summer and then when he had signed him Rafa hardly played him all season.
Our thoughts were that Achraf shouldn’t be burning his bridges, but now he has been interviewed in ChronicleLive and he says he did not criticize Newcastle nor Rafa in the interview.
The Moroccan International has said his words were changed and it came out all wrong; maybe in the translation?
Lazaar is out on loan for the season and maybe there is still a future for him at Newcastle.
Rafa will look at him next summer in pre-season to see how he has progressed, but it must be very doubtful right now that he can have a future at Newcastle.
But you never know.
Lazaar wanted to clear things up back in Newcastle and he had quite a lot to say to ChronicleLive today:
“I did an interview with somebody in Italy.” “The report came out badly.” “I said nothing bad, but things got changed in the article.” “It wasn’t good.”
“People who know me should know what I said and think.” “I would never say anything bad against Rafa Benitez or Newcastle United.”
“I love Newcastle.”
“I signed a contract at Newcastle for five years.” “They are a big team, and maybe I will come back.”
“It was difficult for me because for one year I hardly played.” “I did not get a run of games, not even four or five matches in a row and that made me difficult to find a team.”
“Everybody wondered why I didn’t play last year and what had happened or was there a problem.” “What I’d say was I feel I didn’t get a chance.
“I played 37 minutes of football in the whole season in the Championship.” “It was bad for me because people thought I was injured.” “I didn’t understand it.”
“I just want to play football and I feel I have a lot to offer.” “I am more humble because of the experience.” “I work hard every day at training, and in the gym at my home.”
“I want to get back to the perfect level and end 2017 on a high.”
“They wanted me here so much.” “They have made me feel very important here and in Italy and in Serie A everybody knows what quality I have.”
“I played here with Palermo and I now feel like I am considered an important first team player.”
“It’s good for me because I want to get back to the level of form I was in before.” “A lot of big teams wanted me before I went to Newcastle, but I chose there.”
“Then you have a year when you don’t play and you have to find a team.”
For whatever reason, it didn’t work out for Achraf last season at Newcastle and what he has to do now is to play very well at Benevento in Serie A to get his career back on track.
We hope he can do that and he certainly seems a good enough player to do exactly that and maybe get more offers next summer.