26-year-old Mathieu Debuchy has said that he would like to play in England.
Mathieu Debuchy – would like to play in Premier League
The Lille right-back scored his first ever International goal five minutes into the second half of the home game against Iceland last Sunday, and that started France’s comeback from two goals down at the half, to finally winning the game with a couple of late goals.
That was his 4th cap for France, and Mathieu was included yesterday in Larent Blanc’s final squad of 23, along with Newcastle’s Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye, and all three could start against England in their first game in Euro 2012, a week on Monday.
Mathieu knows there are a number of English clubs after him this summer, including Newcastle, and he talked yesterday about wanting to play in the top English league:
Debuchy had this to say at the French training camp, just south-west of Paris:
“I would really like to, why not, go and see what it is like to play for a club abroad.” “Other leagues please me as well, but I really like the English style.”
“However, I don’t know any more than that, I haven’t discussed anything with my club.” “For the moment I am preparing for the Euro and I will leave my agents to deal with such matters.”
“If I stay at Lille, I will be happy as well.”
Diplomatic words from the French international, who is a good friend of Yohan Cabaye, and he combined well with Newcastle’s Ben Arfa down the right wing against Iceland last Sunday night.
Lille qualified for the Champions League for next season for the second season running, but have said they will not stand in the way of their long serving player, who has 288 appearances with 17 goals for Lille, over eight seasons.
But other clubs like Manchester United are also said to be interested in the Frenchman, and maybe the fee – anywhere from £6M to £8M according to reports – could put Newcastle off, especially if other interested clubs drive the price up.
And the Magpies could turn to Crystal Palace 21 year-old right back, Nathaniel Clyne – who would become a cheaper option.
What do you think?