Mathieu Debuchy – I Miss Playing In The Champions League


Both Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy are showing very good form for France in the World Cup so far, and Mathieu has again beat out former Arsenal right back Bacaray Sagna for the starting position at right back – and Moussa is pushing top Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba for a starting position  in central midfield.

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Mathieu Debuchy – misses Champions League

One thing that is becoming clear is that Newcastle could certainly play Moussa in central midfield next season.

Mathieu’s best friend Yohan Cabaye left Newcastle for PSG last January, and there have been noises that Mathieu may join him there in the summer, and now the Newcastle right-back has said in Brazil that he misses playing in the Champions League

This is what Mathieu has told reporters today

“It is European Cup competition I miss, specifically the Champions League,  but right now I’m focused on the World Cup, after that we’ll see.”

Let’s face it – Newcastle have no chance of qualifying for the Champions League any time soon, and certainly not while our current transfer strategy is in place – where we put an emphasis on not paying out too much in transfer fees for the players we bring in.

Mathieu has become one of the best full backs in the Premier League while he’s been on Tyneside, and we don’t blame him for having the ambition of playing in the Champions League, and of course many of his French team mates play in that top European league every season.

Debuchy has seen recently that Newcastle are willing to let their best player leave in mid-season and not replace him, and that Newcastle are more than a little thrifty in the transfer market, and it may be dawning on him that his ambitions in football are more than Newcastle United can offer him.

If he does leave Newcastle this summer, he is simply following in the footsteps of players like Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye who already worked that out.

Also the continual message from manager Alan Pardew that we cannot compete with the top clubs in England doesn’t help much either.

It’s the Newcastle upper management (that’s code for owner Mike Ashley) – who are responsible for this situation – and it’s hardly the players’ fault they are more ambitious than the present day Newcastle United.

As long as Mike Ashley is the owner, and he remains unwilling to spend the money he has available at Newcastle to bring in good players, we cannot see much success at Newcastle in the foreseeable future.

It seems that Mathieu Debuchy has already worked that one out.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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20 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 23, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Just off to kill myself 🙁 .

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  • Graeme

    Jun 23, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed, whats this “Not paying too much” – we spend jack squat for 18 months, have a squad today that is weaker than the start of last season, which decended into chaos and mayhem.
    We have a manager and coaches who grew up watching 60’s & 70’s football and have failed to keep up with developments since then – they are dinosaurs stranded in the modern game – and should be retired, for their own sanity.
    This window will be no different to the last 3, more being sold than coming in – everything on hold until we see where we are at Christmas.

    This club is a complete and utter shambles – there is no other description polite enough to put on here.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 23, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Unless I’m missing something like a release clause for X amount of money whether a CL club or not, then he is contracted here for another couple of years, we could have insisted on keeping Cabaye until after the WC but obviously were worried he might not play or get injured and cashed in while we could, the amount of people that believed JfK was solely responsible for accepting the bid actually beggars belief.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 23, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Debuchy is 29 next month – you could form the opinion that time is somewhat running out for him to get into a team playing CL football.
    Taking a view as to his usefullness in a team – would he be more useful to a Toon team or possibly a PSG Team -and which team would he have a greater potential to win something -obvious answer really.

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  • Toon Tang

    Jun 23, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #5

    I miss playing in the Chumps league as well son, I feel your pain.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 23, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Mister Tuff,
    Good evening,
    Why didn’t they take a 5M gamble on him instead of paying us 12/15M ?

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  • scout

    Jun 23, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Goodbye and thanks for the lung bursting runs leaving us wide open at the back, ill never forget you pal.

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  • spitfire_

    Jun 23, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Love the way ashley thinks… like he is the biggest smart @ss at the world. To sell all on high and to buy anyone for peanuts.

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  • Toon Tang

    Jun 23, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Graeme, Pards and his coaching staff are probably just riding it out and waiting for their brand of football to come back into fashion.

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  • Graeme

    Jun 23, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Toon Tang @ 9

    So in another 4 or 5 years we could be ready for a Cup run? I can hardly contain my excitement lol

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #11

    jail -evening God knows what will happen really -I know you sometimes have to take what footballers say with a pinch of salt – if PSG are interested in him -they have the Qatari dosh -unlimited funds. If he wants away I reckon there is not a lot a club can do about it -what is the point -having a possible disruptive influence in the ranks.
    I think the WC may not be a factor is who we buy -but a factor in who we sell. We are not trying to build a top side. Just would not put anything past Mr Tubbs.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 23, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Graeme,
    Duh, you obviously don’t understand business what with you only being a structural engineer, we need at least ten years establishing ourselves as a top ten club before even thinking about cups !

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  • Toon Tang

    Jun 23, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #13

    When I read my comment back it actually sounds as if Graeme is in conjunction with Pards and his coaching staff.

    I apologise wholeheartedly mate, do please forgive me.

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  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jun 24, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #14

    really ?
    he will be sold in the winter transfers FOR SURE 100 % now

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 24, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #15

    I hate Ashley! He’s driving all our good players out, so is Pardew with HBA and all that.

    The only good news these days has been those two small signings we made and the fact I will never have to see the lethargic Strolla Ameobi don the famous black n white stripes ever again, at long long last!

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  • ToonMatt

    Jun 24, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #16

    He’s too good to be battling relegation with us next season, Good luck for the future mate and I hope you enjoy your new club cause Ashley will enjoy your transfer fee.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 24, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #17

    I’ve just read a report that we are after Peter Crouch. Please tell me I’m wrong, surely he’s too old

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  • magicbus

    Jun 24, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #18

    Can`t blame the lad if he`s looking for a possible move out of the club. Ashley has turned us into a dead club with nothing to aim for apart from making a profit and staying in the league.

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  • jak_whatculture

    Jun 24, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #19

    Won’t begrudge Debuchy a move to a club playing in the Champions League and, as Mister Tuff alluded to, he’s 29 and aware that his marketability is on the wane.

    We paid £5million (or so) for him so we’ll definitely recoup that with perhaps a few million extra added on top.

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  • toontimes1979

    Jun 24, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Any actual link to the article / interview this comment, supposedly from Debuchy, is from……. I’ve searched high and low and cannot find any interviews given by him during the world cup.
    I’m calling shenanigans if a link or base material can’t be provided, as without that, and the “quote” taken on it’s own with no context, is purely fuel for a personal rant without foundation.

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