Rudi Garcia, the Lille manager has told French International right back Mathieu Debuchy that any move to Newcastle is off, and therefore he has to start working hard for Lille and prepare for the new season in France.
Mathieu Debuchy – no deal – time to move on
But there’s no doubt that Mathieu will not be happy, in fact he will be very unhappy there has been no agreement reached between Lille and Newcastle on the transfer fee, after all this time, and it may be time to move on.
Mathieu is an excellent professional, and he will probably do that, but we think the next few days could also be crucial, with it hard to believe that Newcastle will now walk away from the deal, but that’s what they’ve done in the past.
This is what Lille coach Rudi Garcia has said today:
“A coach always prefers to have the best players and Mathieu Debuchy is one of the best full-backs in France, if not Europe.”
“He is disappointed. He was hoping to leave. It is a normal reaction. Now he has to work hard for Lille and the new season.”
“Mathieu is a responsible boy, this is one of the oddities of the transfer season.”
It’s a great question as to what Newcastle will do now, and we’d be very surprised if they don’t make at least one more effort to get Mathieu to Tyneside, and one reason for that is one of our very best players, Yohan Cabaye, is not going to be a happy man.
Yohan had been hoping the Newcastle hierarchy could do the deal, and if he believes what’s been in the papers, Newcastle have been more than a little thrifty in trying to get the French International to Tyneside.
And it still seems that Newcastle are not far off the asking price of Lille, and personal terms were already agreed last week with the player.
If Newcastle do decide to go after other targets, the right backs Newcastle have been linked with this summer include FC Twente right-back Roberto Rosales, Ajax Dutch International Gregory van der Wiel, and we were linked again only last week with PSV’s Erik Pieters.
But there’s no telling whether Newcastle will meet the asking prices of these players either.
And of course one young target – Crystal Palace 21 year right-back, Nathaniel Clyne – has already moved to Southampton.
It’s surprising Newcastle have no senior players through the door yet, and we’re into August.
What do you think?