Florian Thauvin has been called up for a World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg on Saturday and a friendly when France host Spain next Tuesday.
The winger taking the opportunity to confirm his departure from Newcastle United.
Florian Thauvin saying that the much reported loan contract did include a trigger that meant a permanent deal would be secured after only three appearances.
That deal will formally go through in the summer but in the meantime, the Frenchman’s return to form has inspired Marseille.
With 28 Ligue One starts behind him this season, Thauvin has an impressive 10 goals and five assists already this campaign, helping his team to fifth in the table.
Despite only starting three league matches for Newcastle United, Florian Thauvin still sees the experience as having been a positive one for the longer term…
Florian Thauvin talking to RMC:
“It was a loan (from Newcastle to Marseille) with an automatic purchase and after three games I belonged to Marseille – so it was almost a (immediate permanent) transfer. There is no doubt that I will be at Marseille next season.
“I think I have progressed. I play a little simpler.
“My visit to Newcastle, even if it was complicated, did me good. It made me grow up and I became a different person when I came back from England.
“I am 24 years old now and I have been working to be consistent at every game.
“My visit to England made me understand certain things about high level requirements. I hope to be ready for this new status (in the France squad).
“In any case, I will do my utmost to deserve it. I thought about it (being called up) secretly – it was in a corner of my head.
“Every player dreams of playing in a World Cup, being a part of the France set-up.
“There are many players (I know in the squad), we met in youth selections (Thauvin played Under 18, 19, 20 and 21 for France), we all know each other.
“I will try to do the best I can to progress. There are a lot of great players in front of me. I think of Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kevin Gameiro. I have Dimitri (Payet) every day at my club (Marseille).
“They are players with whom I will learn. I do not want to talk about competition because it is part of football. I’m a young player. Working with players like this for a week and a half, it will allow me to learn even more what the high level is and to progress.
“I have a lot of ambition for my career and I set myself many goals. I am not afraid to say that I’m ambitious because you have to be ambitious in life. “