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These Two Players May Refuse To Leave Newcastle This Summer

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.

Comments welcome.


Jack Farish is currently studying for a Master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology at Northumbria University.

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32 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    May 25, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #1


    Jib……. Some of your comments last night were particularly stupid. You had obviously been drinking.

  • ilovetoon8788

    May 25, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Looking at recent Charnley interview he says the board have ambition. Rafa says otherwise. Either tea boy is lying or rafa is lying.

    It’s obvious that we are not going to get anywhere near 50m of transfer budget even…

  • ScoopSouthAfrica

    May 25, 2018 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Jib…. I stand corrected, yes it was Drury Lane musical.
    My only excuse is I was 9 years old at the time.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 25, 2018 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #4

    If Colback was the ginger Pirlo, is Shelvey now known as the baldie Colback? Maybe if Southgate needs a Pirlo type, Colback can go to the world cup and we might get a £30m bid for him.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 25, 2018 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Here’s my thought on central defender’s we’re linked with. Benitez’s game depends massively on having a solid defence. He will want three top CD’s and I excpect we’ll bring another in. If that’s a player like Evans I’m certain we’ll offer them Clarke as he’ll be in high demand in Championship as he was brilliant at that level (and we got 4-5m for Hanley who did nothing!!!) I’m sure Clarke did not leave Villa so he could be 4th choice at Newcastle. If we can get 6-9m for Clarke I’m certain Benitez could find better.

    Mbemba will go too, replaced by a youngish defender on the cheap.

    Lascelles won’t go to Spurs or Liverpool or City as his passing isn’t good enough (yet). Qualities like heading and tackling aren’t as important when you’re rarely threatened. These teams also need top class passers at the back especially for Champions League. We needn’t worry so much, others played well this year and are in similar demand. Mawson, Dunk, Schindler, Tarkowski. Tarkowski especially is riding high on the back of Burnley’s park the double decker tactics. Hopefully they’ll waste £30m on him or the overrated Mawson.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 25, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Dawson has been mentioned as well.

    What’s Mike Williamson doing at the moment? 😉

  • hibbit

    May 25, 2018 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #7

    so the Charnley interview was a stage managed affair with only questions approved by Bishop allowed

  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2018 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Being released Essex

  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2018 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh dear Jib so the answers were stage managed after a careful vetting procedure?


  • Ron Knee

    May 25, 2018 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #10

    “There have been a lot of briefings and information out there,” Charnley told The Mirror when asked about a potential takeover.

    “We are planning and assuming that Mike will be the owner of the football club. We are moving forward assuming he will be the owner – because what is the alternative?”

    How about a forward-thinking, ambitious owner with the club’s best interests at heart?

  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2018 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #11

    It must be purgatory coming on here day after day to get slapped down. Still, kudos to a man who can get back up time after time and take his beating. 🙂

  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #12

    “Lascelles won’t go to Spurs or Liverpool or City as his passing isn’t good enough (yet). Qualities like heading and tackling aren’t as important when you’re rarely threatened. These teams also need top class passers at the back especially for Champions League.”

    Eh? Heading and tackling not so important when facing say, Real Madrid? Better just be good at passing it around at the back then? Hmmmm…

  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2018 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #13

    No offence mate but you might want to put a bit more meat on them bones… 🙂

  • bettyswallocks

    May 25, 2018 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #14

    Ilovetoon………. Anyone can find the dirt in someone. Be the one who finds the gold. Prov. 11:27

  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2018 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #15

    So you were signed on a 40-50k/week contract and have been assured that top flight footy isn’t your thing after all. Choice A is to be sold for a couple of million to a championship side or a foreign “b” league and take a drop to about £10k/ week wages or Choice B is to just hang on for another year or two and run down your contract on your current wages.

    Maths here is quite simple. All you have to do is throw any idea of footballing ambition out of the window and concentrate on the numbers. I’m guessing Lazaar and Colback aren’t the romantic types.

  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2018 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Here endeth the lesson from the Rev. Betty.

    Thought for the day –

    “Beware those who posteth humorous pictures for they will reapeth the disdain of the Jesper’d ones” .

    2nd Barnacles 7:11

  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 25, 2018 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Tsunki, I meant so not as important as they are for the likes of us or a huddersfield. we don’t tend to need to keep the ball for large amounts is all i meant. i could be wrong but all the big teams you need to be to pass it good at the back. the most they’d want a traditional defender for would be for hanging on in the dying minutes but even then a guy who can keep possesion and calmly play it out of defence against a real madrid onslaught is more useful. a clever pass can buy you a couple minutes respite. a good tackle followed by a bad pass only gets you a few seconds out the firing line.

    bill, i read on nufc.com the original mike williamson has just been released by a league two team. steven taylor’s been put on the list too from league one i think. meanwhile obertan’s being tracked by bayern munich last i heard, or was it gouffran?

  • bettyswallocks

    May 25, 2018 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Tsunki……… I actually think Jesp is coming round a bit.

  • Bobbybee

    May 25, 2018 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #19

    My take on it is this. Rafa will push any board just as far as he can. He knows how to play things. He’s experienced.
    If Rafa signs a new contract we can start to contemplate the possibility that things are looking up. If not, it’s more BS.
    Not sure I believe anything I read in The Mag anymore. Used to be decent but now it’s fill of bitter twisted saddos.’ A journalist’ said… Which one? No source, just an attempt to hide one imo.
    I’ll again wait and see. But I’ll say it again, Ashley is no different from any other owner we’ve had – SJH aside.

  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2018 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #21

    TNMW – I think I see what you’re getting at.you need to step up a class to be a pivotal part of a cl campaogn back four that’s for sure. But I am a bit worried that Lascelles improvement during a very tiring campaign in which he at times has had no protection at all still makes him a prospect for a bigger club.

  • bettyswallocks

    May 25, 2018 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #22
  • ShirebrookToon

    May 25, 2018 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #23


    What was that about the interview not being staged and we’re “words straight from Penfolds mouth” hence the “”

    It’s ok I don’t need you to apologise!

  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2018 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #24

    I doubt Job will be turning up for his uppercut, Shirebrook 🙂

  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2018 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #25


  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2018 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #26

    Betty that is horrendous! I hope you don’t get caught by the other half scouring these sites. 😐

  • Bambams

    May 25, 2018 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Bettyswallocks at #22

    That made me laugh, a lot.

  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2018 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #28

    Aye bambs but you do t want to be seen to heart it ha ha

  • bettyswallocks

    May 25, 2018 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Tun ski……… I haven’t spoken to er indoors for a couple of weeks, didn’t want to interrupt her.

    She seems to have lost the power of conversation but not the power of speech.

  • DaveD1000

    May 25, 2018 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Just been winding up the son-in-law (Aston Villa) about Agent Mitro being briefed to fill his boots tomorrow

  • lochinvar

    May 25, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #31

    Jack Ross says he is taking charge of an “incredible football club” after being confirmed as Sunderland manager on a two-year contract. Ross, 41, won the Scottish Championship title with St Mirren in 2017-18.

    Good luck to the guy.
    He’s going to need it.

  • Bambams

    May 25, 2018 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #32


    I tried to ‘?’ twice…..



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