In the face of the right-back’s complaints, LOSC manager Rudi Garcia has said there is nothing the 28-year-old can do until Newcastle meet the club’s asking price.
Garcia told French website Nord Éclair:
“He doesn’t really have the choice. The club has made a decision and he has to deal with it.
He also knows he has to be good in the game for his future in the French team. I have no worries about him”.
The fact that the Lille Coach is continuing to comment suggests everything isn’t sorted and then to be warning Debuchy that he has to play well or else he’ll be risking his international place….well, it isn’t exactly ‘Mathieu and myself have had a long chat and he has now pledged his wholehearted future to LIlle’!
Reading between the (very wide) lines nothing much seems to have changed, player wants to leave and Newcastle haven’t met Lille’s asking price. you could then ass the obvious as well – Newcastle are definitely in the market for a right-back and Lille won’t want to have an unhappy player on their books.
Alan Pardew spoke at the weekend about how he’d rather wait for those at the top of his wanted list than starting to go down that list of wants, even if it means he has to start the season with what he’s currently got.
I don’t think it’s too much of a leap of faith to guess he is talking about Mathieu Debuchy at the very top of that list and I can see this not being resolved until very late August.
Lille raked in a load of money by selling Hazard to Chelsea and are in a healthy financial state generally anyway, my betting is that just as Newcastle under Mike Ashley are willing to wait for the right deal, so will Lille on this occasion.
A little bit of movement on both sides could easily make this deal happen, otherwise it could well be September before we see him in action, unless Alan Pardew and Newcastle do indeed eventually feel they have to look further down their list.
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