Former Inter Milan wingback Valentino Lazaro could have joined several clubs this summer, but made his choice to go to Torino.
Speaking in a press conference, as reported by FCInterNews, the Austrian explained that his agent had been in contact with other clubs, but that he only wanted to join the Granata.
Wingback Lazaro made the move to Torino on a permanent basis this summer.
In so doing, the 27-year-old ended a four-year stay at Inter.
Lazaro had joined the Nerazzurri in 2019 from Hertha Berlin.
The Austrian had signed in the same summer as coach Antonio Conte. He was part of the club’s transfer campaign to build a team suitable to the former Juventus and Chelsea coach’s preferred 3-5-2 system.
However, Lazaro never quite fit in under Conte.
The Austrian left the Nerazzurri to join Newcastle United on loan during the January transfer window of his first season at the club.
Then, the following season, Lazaro returned to the Bundesliga on loan. He spent a season with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Ex Inter Wingback Valentino Lazaro Only Wanted Torino This Summer
In 2021, Simone Inzaghi took over from Conte as Inter coach.
The former Lazio coach employs a similar 3-5-2 formation to Conte. But once again, Lazaro found little place at the Nerazzurri.
Therefore, he was once again on his way. Lazaro made the move to Benfica on a one-season loan deal.
And last season, Lazaro joined Torino on loan.
Granata coach Ivan Juric also plays with a 3-5-2 system.
And this proved to be the perfect environment for Lazaro.
Therefore, the 27-year-old returned to Torino over the summer – but this time, he made the move on a permanent basis.
Lazaro said that “I’m happy to be back.”
“I already knew everyone, as well as the staff, and it was easy tome back here.”
“Already last season I felt good here, the decision to come back was quick and easy.”
Lazaro noted that “I was with Inter in the preseason. My agent spoke with other teams. But I was only thinking about Toro, we talked about it and then the decision to return was easy.”