We suppose it’s not too big a surprise that the talk in the French squad last week was about Newcastle United, with five French players having been signed by Newcastle last month, and Newcastle were already a well respected club in France, even before we brought in another five French players.
Cabaye and Debuchy training last summer during European Championships
Newcastle had four players – Debuchy, Cabaye, Sissoko and Yanga-Mbiwa part of the French squad for their 2-1 defeat against Germany on Wednesday night, and we’re sure when Debuchy and other Newcastle players were asked how things were at Newcastle, they gave glowing reports of the Newcastle club and the City too.
Mathieu didn’t play in the game, with Bacary Sagna of Arsenal playing at right back after he’s returned from his injuries at Arsenal, and this is some of what Mathieu Debuchy said in the Newcastle Journal today:
“Yes, I was away with France and there was a lot of interest in Newcastle.” “They all talked about it and asked what it was like. I think they were surprised there are so many French players in Newcastle and they were intrigued by that.”
“I don’t know more of them will come now, we will have to wait and see, but my team-mates were asking about Newcastle.” “To be honest, Newcastle United were always well thought of in France. It is a famous club with a rich history.”
“But there is even more now with so many French players. There is a lot of respect for the club in France.”
Of course one reason that Debuchy ended up at Newcastle was his best pal, Yohan Cabaye talked in lyrical terms about Newcastle when he joined the club eighteen months ago from Lille, and Newcastle made his former team-mate Debuchy a target over a year ago, but we refused to pay the asking price his club Lille wanted last summer.
But Mathieu is at the club now, and although Derek LLambias has said it will be more difficult for Newcastle to bring in decent bargains from France now – don’t be surprised if we get more players in from France over the summer – although a number of them could be top youngsters.
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