26-year-old Moroccan International Achraf Lazaar will return for preseason training in early July when the players will end their summer holidays.
Achraf experienced a nightmare spell at his loan club Benevento this year when he didn’t make the squad in January; the club had to somehow make room for Bacary Sagna, who had been signed as a free agent.
Rafa Benitez has kept in contact with the player this year and told him to keep fit so he is in good condition when he returns to training in Newcastle.
Achraf Lazaar – wants to stay at Newcastle
His new agent Roberto De Fanti has said this in Italian media outlet TUTTOMercatoWEB:
“Lazaar has a contract until 2021 with Newcastle, he wants to return to play for Benitez and he intends to refuse all the other destinations.”
“Achraf wants to play his cards in the Premier League, his future therefore will be in England.”
Best of luck with refusing all offers.
That’s basically what Jack Colback did last summer after Rafa told him there was going to be no room in the first team squad for him last season.
Jack refused to move and was left to train with the U23 squad.
That could happen to Achraf, but only if Rafa thinks he has no part to play in the Newcastle squad for next season and if he’s told that then Achraf could leave – maybe on another loan deal.
The Moroccan is getting high wages at Newcastle and will be keen to keep on Newcastle’s books as long as possible.
So he does have a huge incentive to play well in pre-season and we wish him the very best.
Achraf has played 10 times for Newcastle and played only 7 games on loan last season.
Jack Colback has no future at his hometown club and may try to refuse a permanent move this summer so he can see out the final year of his five-year deal at Newcastle.
He blotted his copybook with Rafa last year when he was training in the U23 squad and refused to join the first team squad one day to make up the numbers, when several players were not fit.
It seems like you don’t say no to Rafa to a reasonable request of a player who is receiving big wages from the club.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens to these two players in the summer.
Jack Farish is currently studying for a Master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology at Northumbria University.
His thesis project looks at Premier League fans’ team identification – how well they support and identify with their team.
Jack has put together a relatively short questionnaire of team identification and satisfaction with life; it should take no longer than 10 minutes.
You can help Jack by filling out the survey here.