When we heard Newcastle were after Mathieu Debuchy of Lille about a year ago, we thought this lad would be a great buy for the club, and there was never any doubt about his professionalism or skill – or the fact he was just a great guy, and he has come out today and said how much he is loving it at Newcastle.
Mathieu Debuchy – during his medical at Newcastle
When players move in football it’s an upheaval for the family, but that’s also part of the job, but Debuchy’s wife will join him at Newcastle this Monday so they can start settling down – and since Debuchy has arrived he’s been living in Ponteland with Yohan Cabaye and his wife.
Mathieu has given an interview to the Newcastle Journal today, and this is what the 13 times capped French International had to say:
“I am very happy and proud to be part of Newcastle United and I love it here.” “When I arrived what I really appreciated and what has been fantastic for me was going to see the stadium for the first time and to then play inside it.” “To finally arrive after such a long time wanting to come, the atmosphere is incredible.”
“I’ve settled in really well to the team, I’ve discovered a fantastic group of talented players. Yohan has taken me for a few walks to look around the city and the area. I’m the sort of person who likes to stay at home a lot to be honest. When I finish training I go home to sleep.”
“The hardest thing has been, for a short while, leaving my family behind in France. My wife arrives on Monday, though, and then our English lessons will begin properly.” “For a long time I’ve wanted to come and play in the Premier League. It has always appealed to me. It really suits me and my style of play. It is made for me.”
“I wanted to be here in the summer, but that didn’t go through. It was difficult at the start of the season to motivate myself at Lille, but fortunately I could make the move in the January window and I’m delighted to be here finally.”
“I was well aware of Moussa in France. In terms of his particular strengths and qualities, you could tell it would suit him here. He will do very well in England. I’ve played against him, he is strong and powerful and he is going to love it in the Premier League.”
“I think that is one of the reasons he came. Definitely, it is better for him to play against massive teams and world-class players every weekend.” “If he does well for Newcastle, he will get into the France squad. He is certainly good enough and his reputation is already growing.”
We suppose one of the things Mathieu would like to do quickly is some house hunting, and you’ve got to believe he will try to get a place close to his best friend Yohan Cabaye, somewhere in Ponteland, where a lot of the Newcastle players have always lived.
But Mathieu is going to be busy – although with him being omitted from the Europa League squad, he should get some time over the next two weeks to find a house.
Mathieu is another great acquisition by Newcastle, and we seem to be able to get the ones who just love to come to Newcastle, and the club’s made some stellar acquisitions over the last couple of years or so – and it’s going to be interesting to see who we add to the squad this summer.
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