Mathieu Debuchy has said he has settled ay Newcastle very quickly, since joining Newcastle from Lille for around £5.5M in early January, and he has already shown he is a good acquisition for the club.
Mathieu Debuchy – in action at Aston Villa
It’s well known that Mathieu is the best of friends with Yohan Cabaye, and their wives are also best friends, and they were best man at each other’s wedding.
So it’s not surprising that Yohan talked to Mathieu about coming to Newcastle, once Yohan arrived in the summer of 20111, and during the Euros last summer, Mathieu is on record of saying Yohan talked about nothing else but Newcastle United, and what a great club it was.
That probably also helped Moussa Sissoko join in January, and we may even have more arrivals soon from the French leagues.
Mathieu has given an interview in the Independent today – and this is what he said
““With all the French players arriving, settling in became much more of a simple task.” “I’ve been given a warm welcome here, whether that be from the club or the supporters.”
“I’ve settled.” “My family are now with me and everything is going all right.” “I’m with my wife and my kids and we have our own home now. Things are fantastic.”
“Yohan and I have known each other for a long time, so it was a great help. He is a really great friend.” “We spoke about it the move together. We spent a bit of time discussing Newcastle.”
“He told me it was a great city and that it was a good club.” “That was all we needed to talk about. I already knew the club before discussing it with Yohan.” “The Premier League is an appealing league in France.”
” It has the very best players and every match is massive.” “I was very, very happy when Newcastle came back for me. I was delighted they contacted me so soon after the initial interest.”
“Now I want to show what I can do. This is a big club.” “There is absolutely no problem between the French players and the English players or the other players”
“We all get on really well. That is important. The spirit is strong here.” “Yes, I spoke to Yohan about the derby. He has told me the atmosphere is even bigger and better than usual.”
“He also said for the fans this is the match of the season. The team is strong.” “We have what it takes to stay in the league and we hope we can confirm that on the pitch. We have shown good character.”
Ben Arfa has also come out and said he has no intention of leaving Newcastle, so the club are doing something right that a lot of our players just love it on Tyneside.
It’s a pity we’ll not be in Europe next season, but with the squad we already have, we’ll be challenging for a European spot next season, and when we do get back into Europe, we’ll have a much better and much bigger squad than we started with last August.
It;’s great to have Mathieu Debuchy at Newcastle.
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