Exclusive – Debuchy Interviewed In Uruguay and Reacts To Monaco Transfer Speculation
France have traveled to South America to play a couple of end of season friendlies, first up they play Uruguay on Wednesday night and then Sunday take on Brazil.
A reduced Newcastle contingent of Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy made the trip and L’Equipe caught up with our right-back in Uruguay and quizzed Debuchy on his time at Newcastle so far and whether he was off to Monaco…
Debuchy: «Ça demande la même énergie»
Debuchy: “It Takes The Same Energy”
‘Currently with les bleus in South America, he summarises his first six months in England.
The question of a departure will not happen and Debuchy confirmed he will be with the Magpies next year. In recent weeks, his name had circulated towards Monaco.
“I saw it, but with Monaco, there are new players mentioned every day”, he laughs. “It makes you smile.”
He arrived last winter in Newcastle, “to rectify”, an already bad start, Debuchy recognises that the end of the season, “was not straightforward”.
“If we had had a bad result at QPR, we would not have been in a good situation, obviously.” He admits to having been, “scared, a little,” but generally takes a, “positive assessment,” of his first six months in the Premier League.
Debuchy believes that he did not make a mistake in joining the Magpies. “I discovered another Championship with things that I like a lot: the atmosphere, the intensity during matches,” says the former Lille player.
“Last winter, there were many arrivals in one go, it was difficult to work on a lot of things in such a short time. But now, with pre-season, we will be able to prepare really well. And play for the top half of the table.”
“Mentally, it’s okay. But physically, I feel I have a season in my legs, “
With the LOSC (Lille), he was used to it. At Newcastle, he played to avoid relegation for the first time in his career. What has he learned from this experience?
“Mentally, it takes the same energy, but the game is a little different. Given the position of the club in the table, you had to become tough. I had less freedom to push forward.”
Was he afraid of possible repercussions on his place in the France team? While there were four representatives of the Magpies in the last French squad (Yanga-Mbiwa, Sissoko, Cabaye and himself), there are only two this time (Cabaye and himself) to have flown to Uruguay and Brazil. “About that, I have no worries”, he says. “The key is to continue to play well. Even if it was not necessarily a given, I know how to personally analyse my own performance. I know when I’ve played well or not.”
Only two more games to play with les bleus and after that I can’t wait to go on holiday. “Mentally, it’s okay. But physically, I have a season in the legs,” he observes. “This is not the best time to go to Brazil, but during the season, it is not a good idea either. It’s still a good opportunity bearing in mind that it is one year from the world cup.”
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