Inter-owned wingback Valentino Lazaro is happy with playing for Benfica where he is currently on loan.
Speaking to Austrian broadcaster Sky Sports Austria, the 26-year-old spoke about the honour of representing the Lisbon giants, and also said that he is content with the playing time that he received.
Lazaro joined Benfica on loan last summer, having already had spells with the likes of Newcastle United and Borussia Monchengladbach since his summer 2019 move to Inter, where he never quite cemented himself.
The Austrian is not a regular fixture in the Portuguese team’s starting eleven, but he has still consistently managed to find space in their team both from the start and from the bench.
It remains to be seen if Benfica will decide to sign Lazaro on a permanent basis during the summer transfer window, but at any rate he feels that his time with the club has been a worthy stop along his journey.
“The goal of every footballer is to find a club where you know you have your place, to be appreciated, where everything is great and you see no reason to change,” he said.
“In the background I always know that I’m a player on loan and it’s not always easy to deal with that,” he added. “I’ve often thought that I’ve found something longer-term, and then it changes.”
He went on that “When you look at the players here, central defenders like Jan Vertonghen and Nicols Otamendi, both veterans with years of experience at top clubs in the Premier League, playing alongside them is just a privilege.”