Newcastle players Mathieu Debuchy and Yohan Cabaye are with the French squad in South America, and could play today in the game with Uruguay.
Mathieu Debuchy – eyed by Monaco?
France have a two game mini tour in South America, with their second and final game against Brazil on Sunday, June 9th, and French manager Didier Deschamps has said he will play two separate sides against Uruguay and Brazil, so players will start only one game.
Cabaye has been linked already this summer with PSG and Monaco, and his best friend 27 year-old Debuchy has also been linked with Monaco yesterday.
The French club have just been promoted and are owned by a Russian Billionaire, and they have already spent over £100M on three players this summer – is football going mad or is it just me?
OK, it’s just me.
Debuchy was asked if he had seen the links with Monaco, and this is what he said:
“I saw it, but with Monaco, there are new names of players every day. It makes me smile.” “I discovered another championship with things that I like a lot: the atmosphere, the intensity of matches.”
“”Mentally, it takes the same energy, but the game is a little different.” “Last winter, there were many arrivals all of a sudden, it was difficult to work in such a short time.”
“But with the arrival of pre-season, we will be able to prepare well and play at the top of the table next season.” “Mentally, it’s OK.” “But physically, I have had a hard season in the legs.”
“This is not the best time to go to Brazil. But it’s still a good opportunity one year before the World Cup.”
Debuchy joined Newcastle from Lille for £5.5M in January, and he played some good games and had some rough games for Newcastle, as he tried to adjust to the faster and more physical nature of the game in England.
Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Moussa Sissoko joined him at Newcastle in the week following our disastrous defeat to Reading 2-1 – so Newcastle already have five new players this year, and they have the advantage of now having already experienced football in England, and should be a lot better next season.
Newcastle will bring in at least a striker and a center-back this summer, plus a number of top youngsters.
But it seems that Mike Ashley will hang onto his top players, and will only sell for ridiculous fees – but Monaco have already shown they are capable of paying out silly money this summer for players they want.
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