Achraf Lazaar cannot have been very happy this year when he did not make the squad this January for the Benevento club.
He joined the club on loan last summer but he has been left adrift since January and hasn’t played since then.
They had to find room for Bacary Sagna in their squad after they had signed him as a free agent in early January.
The Chronicle is reporting that Rafa has kept in touch with the Moroccan International through that time and told him to keep fit.
Rafa has told the player he will have every chance to shine this summer when he returns to Newcastle for pre-season training in early July.
The manager has given him his support although Rafa will probably try to sell him or send him out on loan again for next season this summer.
But it’s been a precarious position for the player to be left in this season and Rafa has shown his class by sticking by his player.
We expect other players like Aleksandar Mitrovic and even Chancel Mbemba will be told they have a chance in pre-season, but the likelihood is they will all be made available for transfer this summer.
What do you think?