Sylvain Marveaux will be on a season long loan deal at French club Guingamp next season, after he was essentially frozen out from the first team squad by manager Alan Pardew last season, and he now says he just had to move on after being relegated on the first day of training to train with the Reserves.
Sylvain Marveaux – while playing at Newcastle
How’s that for a welcome back from the summer break?
We always thought Sylvain was a very good technical footballer, but for whatever reason he didn’t make it at Newcastle, but it would have helped if he had been given a fair crack of the whip – which we don’t think he got in his three years on Tyneside, after joining us from Rennes on a free trasnfer.
This is what the former French U21 International had to say in the Journal this morning:
“I need to play.” “I reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League with Newcastle and with Rennes, I hope to do the same with Guingamp.”
Guingamp finished 5th bottom of the French League last season, just 2 points above the drop zone and they struggled after being promoted the season before from Ligue 2.
But they have rather amazingly qualified for the Europa League first round qualifying round by beating money-bags Monaco in extra time in the French Cup.
Guincamp President Bertrand Desplat is pleased to get Marveaux in his squad:
“It is the return of the Prodigal Son for us. I was dreaming of getting someone like Sylvain back in the team. He is from Brittany and we are all moving in the same direction.”
“He didn’t fulfil his potential with Newcastle because he was not playing there.” “At Guingamp we believe he will fulfil his potential because he will be playing more games.”
” I would like to thank Newcastle. The negotiations were difficult but we got there. It’s a transfer with an option to buy him permanently. We will decide at the end of the season if we want to take up the option.”
Other players like Gabriel Obertan, Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez will also be leaving Newcastle this summer, and we would have liked to have seen both Ben Arfa and Jonas stay on Tyneside, as well as Marveaux – but that will not happen.
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