Debuchy Says He Still Wants To Leave Lille

Newcastle target Mathieu Debuchy, the France international right-back,  has said in an interview that he still wants to leave the French club he’s played for since back in 2004.

Mathieu Debuchy – seems determined to leave Lille

When Newcastle didn’t meet Lille’s asking price of about €8M (£6.4M) for the player, their Chairman Michel Seydoux effectively pulled the plug on the deal, and the club – both the Chairman and the manager Rudi Garcia – basically told him he would have to stay at Lille.

But it’s never easy to keep an unhappy player at any club, for whatever reason he’s become dissatisfied, and Mathieu yesterday talked about his potential transfer for the first time for a while, and he says he still wants to leave Lille.

The he 26-year-old was talking after Lille’s 2-1 win over  Saint-Etienne yesterday,  and he had this to say:

“I don’t want to talk about my future.” “I heard what the chairman said. The transfer window is open until September 4th in France. I still want to go. We will see.”

“It was important to start the league with a victory and make a good start to the campaign,””To win here is never easy. We produced good football, we stepped back a little in the second half but we did well at the end.”

Newcastle have been after Debuchy for some time now, and the last we heard,  Newcastle had offered what seemed to be a reasonable fee of around €6M for the 9 times capped French International.

But Lille want more, maybe to make up for the money they left on the table when Newcastle bought Yohan Cabaye for €5M, and Yohan’s career took off as soon as he arrived on Tyneside.

That probably hasn’t been lost on his big pal who’s still at Lille, Mathieu Debuchy.

It’s certainly an advantage that Debuchy still wants to leave, and it could still happen in the transfer window, and he could still join the Magpies.

And after the rather woeful display of Newcastle’s defense yesterday afternoon at Cardiff City, Newcastle need some new defenders brought in to help fortify the squad, and in this transfer window.

What do you think?

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15 comments so far

  • Sholadona

    Aug 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #1


    Novo and Matty

    Nobody is saying that Shola is a starter. Everybody knows Shola can’t/won’t complete 90 minutes of football anymore. But as he showed nearer the end of last season he can be a great sub, he can hold up the play if we need to. Ba and Cisse will be the main striker partnership for the PL and if one of them is knackered, we will most likely revert back to 4-3-3 with one striker and HBA and a left winger (Marveaux). For the cups we have younger players coming through such as Sammy and Campbell.

    And I really don’t see any problem with supporting the players playing for the team. Sure , it is fair to criticise them, but Shola is constantly bashed by certain people just because “it’s Shola”.

  • JackButler

    Aug 12, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Wish we’d stop faffing about and get this deal done as we desperately need this lad in asap

  • Graeme

    Aug 12, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #3

    If Debuchy put in a Transfer Request, maybe it would convince the Management that he was serious in moving on to pastures new.

    He obviously has his heart set on moving to NUFC but Lille don’t seem to be hearing what he is telling them!!

    Will be interesting to see what happens next!!


    Aug 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #4


    For all the shola haters on here.
    Yes he may be fat, lazy, useless,he may not know how to hit the back of the net, he’s also very old…but…..
    He is a great influence in the dressing room, he’s our top scorer of all time against the mackems (higher than shearer and milburn) , and he can be used as a late sub in a game to hold up play.
    I nearly forgot, he is our adopted Geordie and a loyal player, so give it a rest will you’s. Rant over

  • Graeme

    Aug 12, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #5

    To be honest, after today’s performance, I would sooner see Anita and Douglas signed up to strengthen the backbone of the team.

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 12, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #6

    I think he’ll probably end up at Inter Milan.

    Dont think Lille are that keen on him joining us lol

  • yorkshireToon

    Aug 12, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #7

    The defence is the only place we desperately need to strengthen and that was clear last season. We need a centre half and fullback better than Simpson and Willo who are both good but not top 6 players

  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 12, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Why on earth do any of you expect Ashley to fund a ‘next level’ team after ONE good season.

    Have you heard of Leeds? We could spend £50m and still not make it into the CL.

  • JackButler

    Aug 12, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #9


    Its not about spending 50 million, we need to invest around 15 million to strengthen our back four and we’ve already brought 5 million into the club with sales

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 12, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #10

    Shola 1 good game in every 10 games.

    I accepted that a long long long time ago.

    Probably best for everybody to do the

    Because he aint going anywhere.

  • Sholadona

    Aug 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #11

    @TDS I think it’s good that we’re getting players in like Bigi/Good. Ashley is a smart businessman and knows you can’t get success instantly. That’s why we had the 5 year plan, which we admittedly skipped 2 or 3 years of. He will most likely have another long term plan to improve the youth level of our team and then push on to be a consistent top 4/6 team. As long as we don’t completely cock-up, we should be doing well and still be in a good financial situation in a few years time.

  • Graeme

    Aug 12, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #12

    TDS, who mentioned CL? Who mentioned £50 million?

    For £10 – 14 Million, on two players, we could improve our team immensely. Given the alleged budget of £20 million it would be foolish NOT to do so.

    We achieved so much last season with qualification to the Europa League that this years revenues will take a major step forward. A small part of that increased revenue, invested wisely in 2-3 GOOD players, not World Class, would move us even further forward.

    Why would anyone not wish to make that step when it is almost risk free??


    Aug 12, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    Comment #13

    D E B U C H Y – here we bleeding go again Arrrrrrggggghhh i cant take this – cracks open can!

  • putra_hayzad

    Aug 12, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    Comment #14

    If they don’t want to sell him , just move to another player don’t waste our time get player that we never will get .

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 12, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #15

    I think actions speak lauder than words 😉

    …If he wants to leave he should do something about it or just get on with it.

    The ball is in his court 😉


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