Earlier today it was confirmed that Florian Thauvin had returned to Marseille from Newcastle.
Having already played for Newcastle and Marseille, the only option for United and the player was for him to return to Marseille for some regular football, in an attempt to revive his form and/or make him a more saleable asset.
Florian Thauvin trained with his new/old team-mates on Sunday and then was interviewed on the official Marseille club website.
The winger said that he was ‘very happy to come back to my friends’ and that he was ready for a ‘new adventure’.
With no option to buy as part of the deal, it looks very unlikely that Marseille could afford any permanent deal unless they could make it into the Champions League spots this season.
This is something which Florian Thauvin appears to confirm, when he says ‘I know I only have 6 months’. Marseille obviously can’t commit to any long-term deal in their present position, although obviously there could be a possibility if that Champions League spot was achieved.
One comment that the Newcastle player makes, which will have United fans smiling – or maybe not, is when he says on his return to Marseille he is ‘ready to give my all’….
Florian Thauvin speaking to the official Marseille website, as translated by GFFN (Get French Football News):
“I am ready. I am very happy to come back to my friends in a squad that I know quite well, even if there have been some changes.
“I met the coach, everything went well. He asked me how I was, if I felt good and if I felt ready to start the new adventure. I told him that I was ready and that I could not wait to start.”
“It (Newcastle) was a new experience, I learnt new things. It gave me a bit of time to think about what I had been through here – to better analyse what I had done with Marseille. It was good for me to be able to think about that more clearly. I think that this experience allowed me to learn a lot.”
“It is a season where we (Marseille) don’t really know where we are (currently 9th in Ligue 1 but only six points off 3rd) but I think that there are excellent players in this team, with a super atmosphere, everyone gets on well with each other, laughs with each other. A warm atmosphere and I’m confident for the future.”
“I am here with a desire to do as much as possible. I want to bring the maximum to this team, I know I only have 6 months. I am delighted to be here. I am ready to give my all.”