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Didier Deschamps Quizzed On The Newcastle Project

8 years ago

The impact of Newcastle’s transfer action has obviously created a stir over in France, as we have previously reported.

Just to confirm how high on the agenda Newcastle are in terms of interest, at today’s press conference to announce his squad to take on Germany, Didier Deschamps had to field questions regarding Newcastle United.

Deschamps was asked the question;

‘What do you think of the 21st League 1 club at Newcastle, ‘Chateau Neuf’, with 11 French players there?’

“I am not the coach of Newcastle, it can lead to lots of interpretations but why not? What concerns me the most is that the ones wearing the international shirt have lots of playing time on the pitch”.

This was followed by;

‘Are you concerned that some of the top players are leaving Ligue 1?

“It is their choice, it is not good to see League 1 lose top players but apart from PSG all French clubs need to sell and English clubs have the money.

I am not worried, they are free to choose the county they wish to play in. As long as they have the time on the pitch and are performing. Yes they are taking a risk because of the change of culture and the language but they need to have time on the pitch”.

As we earlier reported – [intlink id=”23677″ type=”post”]Three Newcastle Players Called Up For France[/intlink]  – Cabaye, Debuchy and Sissoko were included in the France squad to take on Germany next week. However, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was left out with Deschamps saying the player was still very much in his thoughts but that his last full match was in midfield for Montpellier and then he’d only had ten minutes for Newcastle against Villa.

The captain of the reigning French champions has obviously not come to Newcastle to sit on the bench international football or no international football, and with Coloccini and Steven Taylor looking more like their old partnership on Tuesday, it will be interesting to see whether Alan Pardew will embrace playing three centre-backs which could then accommodate Mapou as well, with Debuchy and Santon given more license to get forward as wing-backs.

The two week Premier League gap after United play Spurs on February 9 could be the window of opportunity for Alan Pardew to work on it in training.


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