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Worrying Exodus Continues – Newcastle Defender Confirms Exit

12:48 pm, Saturday, July 5th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

Well he didn’t last very long on Tyneside, and Mathieu Debuchy – after deleting all references last week on his Twitter account that he was a Newcastle United player – has now told a reporter he will be joining Arsenal this summer, after the World Cup concludes next Sunday.

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Mathieu Debuchy – while at Newcastle – no longer thumbs up

And it was news about a week ago in various news outlets that Newcastle had agreed a deal with Arsenal for the player – and the deal is now believed to be £8M rising to £10M over time – based on bonus payments.

This is what Mathieu told reporters on French TV station TF1 last night:

“Yes, I will be joining Arsenal for next season on a four year contract.”

We have to hope the French International will give some credit to Newcastle United when he leaves, for making him into a much better player since he signed on from Lille just 18 months ago for around £5.5M.

And we have to hope the arrivals this summer will stay at Newcastle longer than 18 months.

But the departures of three of our best players – Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and now Mathieu Debuchy over the last 18 months – should tell the powers that be at Newcastle that something just isn’t right.

That’s at least made up of two things – not having enough ambition for a club as great as Newcastle United (OK I’m just  a little bit biased there), and also not spending the money that Newcastle are now making in profits.

Our (very) rough estimate is that Newcastle could make around £50M in profits on revenues of around £130M for the financial year just ended on June 30th – and those will be all time records for the club in both profits and revenue.

Now we need to somehow persuade Mike Ashley to invest those profits straight back into the club, with the majority going on new players coming through the door – so we can build up a top side again.

Newcastle United can do a lot better than we’ve done over these last two seasons in the Premier League, and we hope Ashley will allow Managing Director Lee Charnley and manager Alan Pardew to bring in some good players this summer, and let them spend some real money.

Mathieu Debuchy played 46 games for Newcastle United and scored one goal, and he was an excellent signing for us – but he just didn’t stay long enough. :(

What do you think?



Tags: Contracts · Mathieu Debuchy · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 yo-yo // Jul 5, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    So NUFC is just a glorifed Panini investment vehicle for Mash. We buy cheap, sell high, bugger the team and the football we’re making money !

  • 2 valle // Jul 5, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    One step forward, two steps back… No wonder that fans aint renewing their season tickets. And there will be even less next season if the fat money greedy excuse of an owner we have, keeps it up.

  • 3 valle // Jul 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    We finish 5th and fail to build, we lose Ba and fail to get a replacement in untill a half a season later, and then its a loan deal. We lose Cabs and fail to get a replacement in untill half a season later. We will now lose Debs and we will probably fail to get a replacement in untill half a season later. Add to that, the fact we also havnt replaced the loan guy who was supposed to replace Ba, and for some reason we apperently dont have a dime to our name, and cant compete with clubs such as swansea and southampton

  • 4 santonthenewmaldini // Jul 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Its a shame that it always seems like we just bundle our players out the door the second they look for a bit of ambition or an improved contract pretty sure if we had paid them the going rate and looked to strengthen Cabaye, Debuchy , Ba and Remy would have stayed in the Keegan Hall era those players would have walked to Newcastle from France to play for us!!!

    The profits we are making we could still challenge for Champions League on a budget with our scouting network but we never seem to just gamble on trying to get in (in fact the last 3 seasons the top 4 has been up for grabs as proven by Liverpool last year )

  • 5 Shaker Shakrah // Jul 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Fine Fine
    Good Luck !!!! :P

  • 6 WWSBRD // Jul 5, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Making him into a much better player? What when did that happen?

  • 7 Slank // Jul 5, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Ed, by no stretch of the imagination can the sale of one player from the first team be classified as ‘Worrying Exodus Continues’ !

    Take a look at Southampton. Now that is a ‘worrying exodus’.

    The club’s resale strategy is working. Buy players who have a resale value. It is arguable that Debuchy came to us only because his best mate was here. Once Cabaye left it was almost certain that Debuchy would leave too.

  • 8 anthc // Jul 5, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    The club is making over 100 million tv money player sales. Is it too much to ask to invest 60 mill and bank 40 mill or whatevers left. I could live with that.oh thats right cashleys in charge so we’ll only spend 10 mill and make the rest disappear!

  • 9 murvar // Jul 5, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Could it be that our sale of Debuchy will bring Campbell in from Arsenal on loan as part of the deal?

  • 10 ethiotoon // Jul 5, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Good luck Mathieu,thnxs 4 ur service.
    Our concern should be the midfield.bcoz it is the heart of any team.failing to sign our targets, which I believe isn’t dead,is not the mgrs fault.he’ll give the list to Lee ,then its up to him and mike to get the deal done. if we lose Mathieu the worst thing that will happen is playing santon at RB.
    Isn’t mike appointed one time KIA Jorabchian,the agent who brought tevez and macherano to EPL,,as transfer advisor for our club? Any news in that?
    All in all,I have a feeling we’ll sign a new player next week.probably one of those french golden boys.
    Other targets to consider as backup:
    Emanuel Reveire
    Bendtner
    Joel Campbell
    Taraabt
    Will Keane
    Jordan mutch
    Ba
    Musa sow
    Drmic

  • 11 thepict // Jul 5, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    So much for honouring his contract. Let’s see how many games he gets. Might end up like his pal sitting on the bench.

  • 12 thecaptain9 // Jul 5, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    I’m with @slank. If a player doesn’t want to play for The Toon we show him the door and at double the price paid. That is excellent business! Debuchy has been moaning for about a year now and although I liked him as a player I wouldn’t say he’s in the same league as Baines, A Cole, Zabaleta or Sagna. We could (hopefully) easily replace him and still make a 4/5 mil profit. Fingers crossed we keep bringing in players to get us excited for the new season and get rid of the disruptive players or dead wood. Lastly hope we keep Benny and Marvaux…

  • 13 puretoon // Jul 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Vale @ 3 and anthc @ 8- I couldn’t agree more guys. It’s a damn disgrace being told we can’t compete finically with the likes of Southampton, Norwich etc (no disrespect to those clubs) when we know there’s millions of pounds available but it won’t be spent on the club.
    And Skank @ 7- Ed’s right, it IS a worrying exodus as we know none of the players leaving will be replaced and Debuchy’s goning to Arsenal, whereas Cabaye went to PSG so can’t see it as Debuchy leaving because his best mate has. We’ve got chance to lose more good player yet and it’s all through lack of ambition, no cup runs and no CL.
    Good luck to these players as they’re showing they do have ambition-that’s what football is supposed to be about.
    What a can’t understand is why Siem de Jong has moved here, has he not heard the rumblings, does he not go online and read what’s going and lastly, he and his brother mustn’t talk to each other very much, or his brothers not told him how lousy this club is.
    It also seems Pardew’s told Siem a pack of lies too as Siem can’t wait to play for champions League spot, which will never happen. What a shame!

  • 14 NZGeordieviaAfrica // Jul 7, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    Debuchy isn’t that great. Whilst some might like his attempt to play a la Dani Alves he is NO Dani Alves. He was caught out of position a lot. For me with his whining and always wanting to be up Cabayes bum it’s good riddance to overrated rubbish. I do however have very little enthusiasm for the upcoming season!!1




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