January signing Valentino Lazaro has shed some more light on why he opted to join Newcastle in recent days – and he’s admitted that Steve Bruce has played a key role.
The 23-year-old is still yet to make his full debut for the Magpies, but fans will undoubtedly be buzzing to see what he has to offer after joining on loan from Inter Milan.
In recent days the player has admitted to being “close” to signing for RB Leipzig, who are currently fighting it out to be Bundesliga champions for the first time in its short history,
When Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie visited the Newcastle training ground the other day, he had a word about his close move.
The winger said (via The Sheilds Gazette): “It was close, but, in the end, I just felt more welcomed here. Steve Bruce really convinced me that I could have a really good time here in Newcastle. I don’t regret my decision, and I’m very happy to be here.
“The team’s great, and the training is great. The atmosphere in the stadium is great, so everything has been really good so far – apart from the weather!”
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These are obviously very encouraging signs for the club that they could find a way for him to come on Tyneside rather than make a move back to a division he knows very well in the Bundesliga.
Steve Bruce has had his doubters since he joined the club in some pretty unfortunate circumstances, but it is hard to argue that he’s done anything other than a really good job. Firstly, not only is the club 12th in the Premier League and just six points off sixth place, but he has clearly brought a good atmosphere to the club and one which is strong enough to bring some quality players to the club.
While he hasn’t done the transfers himself, he has been able to make the club stand out to players such as Danny Rose, Nabil Bentaleb and Valentino Lazaro, which probably couldn’t have been said in the summer.
Reports from Transfermarkt suggest that the player joined on loan until the end of the season for a £1.35m loan fee, and they can make it permanent for £20m in the summer if all goes well.