Both the Lille manager Rudi Garcia and Mathieu Debuchy have spoken out yesterday, on the transfer deadlock of the French International right back, but what they have to say seems nothing new, and Lille seem to be continuing to drag their feet, and hope that Mathieu will still be with the French club at the start of the season.
Mathieu Debuchy – upset at Lille’s stance
Debuchy did have his first action in pre-season on Friday night in a friendly against Athletic Bilbao, but it seems that Rudi Garcia is still hoping the player will change his mind and stay on at the club he joined as a youngster:
“We could not play him for more than 30 minutes.” “Of course I would rather keep him, but whatever happens, he must be ready.”
“There are deadlines for France – 15th August. I hope he will still be with us for the start of the season at Saint-Etienne and if this is not the case it means we will have found a substitute who is just as good.”
Lille did sign right-back Djibril Sidibé, 20, from ES Troyes for around £2M early last week, and surely that is the replacement they said they needed to sign, before they would let their top player move to Newcastle.
But of course there is still no agreement on the fee between the two clubs, although there were noises over the last few days, that Newcastle will sign a new player later this week, and it was thought to be Mathieu.
But Debuchy is still talking as though Lille still have to sign a replacement for him, before he can move on, and here is what the 9 times capped French International had to say about the stalemate yesterday:
“Lille want to sign a replacement before they let me go.” “Ten or 15 players have been offered to the directors, but they always make up something else.”
“They should consider being more flexible.” “The attitude Lille have shown disappoints me.”
Mathieu has played for the Lille first team for eight years now and has almost 300 appearances for them, so it doesn’t look good on Lille that they are frustaring a player who has been a great servany to the club.
And now this saga is almost the longest running one of this transfer window, although come to think of it maybe it’s the Douglas move, or porposed move of Douglas form FC Twente to newcatsle.
Why do these long running affairs, which get a bit tortuous when they go on for so long, are nearly always when Newcastle are involved?
That’s because we drive a very hard bargain, but sometimes we wish Newcastle would pay up the extra million or so to get their man, but they are not going to do that it seems, well not this summer anyway.