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?