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If you make Lafferty feel valued then he will do well, says O'Neill

By Liam Blackburn

Michael O'Neill is confident his Northern Ireland forward Kyle Lafferty will be a success with his next club, provided they make him feel loved.

Lafferty will depart Norwich this summer after three unhappy years in Norfolk and the 29-year-old is looking for a new home to reignite his career.

O'Neill has managed to coax the best out of Lafferty following a heart-to-heart after his dismissal against Portugal in 2013, with the striker going on to score seven goals in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, a tally only four players bettered across the continent.

And the Northern Ireland manager believes the key to unlocking Lafferty's undoubted potential is to appreciate his ability.

"The main thing for Kyle is he's happy," O'Neill said.

"He needs to play. The last three years have been very, very frustrating for him with his opportunities at first-team level.

"In his defence, it's not like you can turn around and say he's been given a lot of chances. It's not like he's played loads and not scored - he's not played many games.

"He needs to go somewhere where first of all he's happy that he's valued, and if you make Kyle feel like that he'll do well for you, simple as that."

Azerbaijan champions Qarabag are among the foreign clubs believed to have shown some desire to capture his signature.

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