Inter Milan midfielder Valentino Lazaro’s primary preference remains a return to the San Siro this summer, rather than remaining with loan side Newcastle United, according to FC Inter 1908.
Lazaro moved to the North East of England in January having struggled to establish himself in Italy under Antonio Conte, with the former Chelsea boss only awarding the 23-year-old four starts following his summer arrival.
Steve Bruce offered Lazaro a chance to keep his career on track by joining us for the second half of the Premier League season, and has since looked fondly on the Austrian to open two of the four available top-flight games to him.
FC Inter 1908 understand Lazaro has settled in well to his new surroundings on Tyneside and with the first-team at St. James’ Park, but is not currently looking to see his time with the club continue into another campaign.
Newcastle are noted as having a €25million (£22.1m) option to purchase Lazaro at the close of the current term, but the lifestyle on offer in the Italian fashion capital and the stature of Inter is keeping the 28-cap international’s mind on a return to the San Siro.
Inter are not thought to be in any hurry to make a decision on Lazaro and will instead wait to learn what United’s intentions are.
Conte does not consider the player his club awarded a €1.5m-a-year (£25,589-per-week) contract to, to have the necessary character for his style and firmly sees him as a part of the Nerazzurri’s past inside a year of his arrival.
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Lazaro’s top-flight outings in Black and White have so far been a mixed bunch, having had an excellent first half against Arsenal in his first Premier League start before getting embarrassed by 18-year-old Bukayo Saka as he set Nicolas Pepe up to score.
Lazaro then struggled to inspire anything at Selhurst Park with no shots, his only successful dribble coming in the 11th-minute and making just one successful tackle, per WhoScored data, before referee Peter Bankes showed the 23-year-old a straight red card.
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