We were hoping Newcastle may go back in for French International right-back Mathieu Debuchy in January – but that seems unlikely now, after the Lille defender has said he will not be leaving his French club in the middle of the season.
Mathieu Debuchy – not leaving Lille in January
And with the Frenchman turning 28 years old in July, that could signal the end of Newcastle’s interest in the player, and if we are looking for a right back to potentially replace Danny Simpson this summer – if he leaves as a free agent at the end of his contact – Newcastle will be looking at younger players.
This is what Mathieu said yesterday:
“I will not be leaving the team in the middle of the championship, I don’t like the Winter transfer window.” “In the future you never know what can happen. I prefer not to think about it.”
Newcastle were close to signing Mathieu last summer, and though they had an offer accepted by his French Club – it seems Lille kept moving the goalposts – and the fee kept getting higher, until Newcastle just got sick of the antics of the French club.
It’s a pity we didn’t get Mathieu through the door, because he is a good player and we think he would have done very well on Tyneside, where he would have been joining his best pal – Yohan Cabaye.
It doesn’t look like that will happen now.
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