Mathieu Debuchy has turned down an offer of a ‘dream move’ to a new club ahead of the January window.
The former Newcastle defender has knocked back the chance of a loan move to West Brom, reports L’equipe.
After heading off to the bright lights following his admission of using Newcastle as a ‘stepping stone’, Debuchy has had a disastrous time since joining Arsenal.
An early injury after his £12m move to the Emirates wasn’t met with much sympathy from Newcastle fans and since then it has been a case of dividing his time between treatment table and the bench, with first team Premier League football in short supply.
However, L’equipe also say that Mathieu Debuchy understands that he has no future at Arsenal and recognises that he has to make a move, whether on loan or permanent, in order to stand any chance of being in Didier Deschamps’ plans for the 2016 Euros in France next summer.
L’equipe further report that Debuchy is holding out hope that two other clubs will follow up initial interest, one said to be in the Bundesliga and the other a Premier League club.
Mathieu Debuchy’s last chance (turns 31 in July) of a major tournament finals, surely rests with next summer’s Euros, and Didier Deschamps has already made clear that only players getting regular football at their clubs will be considered for the French squad.
In the 18 months since the World Cup in Brazil, Mathieu Debuchy has only played in two friendlies for his country and with only two Premier League starts this season for an in-form Arsenal, it is hard to see the former Newcastle defender getting any games ahead of the excellent 20 year old Hector Bellerin.
As well as the ‘stepping stone’ comments he made about his time at Newcastle, Debuchy made unnecessary comments ahead of that 2014 World Cup in Brazil, openly talking of wanting Champions League football and saying he would be looking at his club situation after the tournament.
No reason to make these public comments that wound Newcastle fans up, as he could have simply waited until after the World Cup for events to take their course.