Newcastle outcast Achraf Lazaar would not hesitate to join Genoa

Paulo Dybala (R) of Juventus is challenged by Achraf Lazaar of Benevento during the Serie A match between Juventus and Benevento Calcio on November 5, 2017 in Turin, Italy.

Lazaar has returned to Newcastle's second string, but remains a long way away from the first team.

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND -  JULY 13:Achraf Lazaar jogs outside during the Newcastle United Training session at the Newcastle United Training Centre on July 13 , 2017, in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Achraf Lazaar has told Italian outlet CalcioMercato that he would not hesitate to leave Newcastle United if Serie A side Genoa came calling in the January transfer window.

The 26-year-old has failed to impress at Newcastle since joining the club from Italian outfit Palermo in the summer of 2016, making just 10 appearances for the Toon despite costing a reported £2.9million (The Chronicle).

At £290,000 a game, Lazaar is certainly a flop and that was proved even more so when he managed only nine outings for Benevento on a season-long loan last term - failing to help prevent the Italians from finishing rock bottom in Serie A.

 

Though he has recently returned to Newcastle's reserves and impressed under Ben Dawson, Lazaar's future at Newcastle remains very much a doubt. Genoa were keen in the summer, and Lazaar would welcome joining them in January.

"I would have been more than willing to play in Genoa, because it is a great club, with incredible players: I knew the team well, but President Preziosi decided otherwise," Lazaar said.

"I do not know what was the reason for his decision, but the president is the one who spends and if he is not convinced of investing his money on a certain player I respect him.

"On the contrary, I thank him for being interested in me: nothing changes for me towards them. If Genoa were to call me again, I would not hesitate to go there."

Achraf Lazaar (L) passes the ball during the Newcastle United Training Session at the Newcastle United Training Centre on July 4, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

The likes of Paul Dummett and Javi Manquillo remain above Lazaar in the pecking order on the left side of defence, while Ciaran Clark is also likely to be chosen ahead of Lazaar if Benitez lost his first two options.

Lazaar signed a five-year contract when he joined Newcastle and still has three years to run on that deal. It may see Newcastle forced to loan him out again, rather than offloading him permanently.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez (L) and Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho watch from the touchline during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old...

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