Newcastle United’s second signing of the January transfer window Valentino Lazaro explained that talks with the club convinced him to make the switch to St James’ Park.
Steve Bruce’s side have already added midfielder Nabil Bentaleb to the squad this month on loan from Schalke and wrapped up another signing on Friday.
The Magpies have confirmed that Lazaro has joined from Inter Milan on loan for the rest of the season.
Lazaro will now look to force his way into the Newcastle team and is a right-sided flyer with blistering pace.
The 23-year-old full-back looks ideal to slot into the right wing-back role in Bruce’s system and may be an exciting addition to the Premier League.
He has been capped 28 times for Austria’s senior national team and has experience at club level with Inter Hertha Berlin and Red Bull Salzburg.
Lazaro admitted it was not a straightforward swap to Tyneside, but claimed that discussions with Newcastle have been extremely positive.
“It was in the talks for quite a long time now and to be honest it was not an easy decision for me. Will I go to England, is so to which club, or to Germany or stay in Milan and keep fighting for my chance?” he said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
“It was the great talks that I’ve had and the conversations that convinced me here I can have a good step in my career.”
Newcastle are usually a solid defensive unit and it’s a big reason that they are seven points above the relegation places in the league table, but could do with some more attacking output.
Lazaro looks like he could give a real attacking edge on the right flank for them and it will be intriguing to see how he fares.
The youngster has 20 goals and 38 assists during 200 senior appearances, which is why fans should look out for him flying down the wing.