Achraf Lazaar has admitted his disappointment at the way he was lured to Newcastle - only to be left on the sidelines by Rafa Benitez.

Lazaar irked by Benitez stance

Lazaar irked by Benitez stance

Lazaar quit Serie A club Palermo to move to St James Park in the summer of 2016 but made only nine appearances in all competitions for the Magpies as they gained promotion to the Premier League.

The Morocco international has now been shipped out on loan to Serie A new boys Benevento and is clearly unhappy with the way he has been treated by the Tynesiders.

In an interview with Football Italia, the 25-year-old slammed Benitez for the way he was brought to Newcastle under false pretenses after failing to make a single league start for the club.

"My signing for Benevento is the end of a nightmare," he said. "At Newcastle I never played and over a whole year Rafa Benitez never gave me an explanation.

"All he said was that I was a player more suited to Serie A or the Premier League, rather than the Championship. It’s a shame because he really wanted me.

"In July last year, I was about to sign for Fiorentina, where the contracts were already ready, when he started calling me relentlessly to convince me to go to Newcastle. They were just words, what a disappointment."