Mathieu Debuchy believes that playing regular Premier League football has resulted in him improving as a player, and the Newcastle full-back has also insisted the club are still in the hunt for a Europa League spot.
The 28-year old has been a key part of Alan Pardew’s plans this season, making twenty eight appearances in all competitions, standing out in what has been an average Newcastle team this season.
The 28-year-old made the switch to St James’ Park from Lille in January 2013 and has been one of the few shining lights in the Newcastle team this year, with some reports claiming European champions Bayern Munich, among the favourites again this year to win the Champions League with Paddy Power, were interested in signing him.
While a move away in the summer can’t be discounted, especially with the way Mike Ashley handles business, Newcastle fans will be desperate the France international is still a part of the squad next season.
Debuchy has admitted he has improved as a player since arriving in England and the Geordie faithful will be hoping the full-back continues to improve while playing at St James’ Park. One key factor to keeping Debuchy at the club could be by reaching the Europa League next season, which is something the Frenchman believes is still a possibility.
“You become better by playing and training with big players, and playing in the best league, of course you will progress. It (qualification for the Europa League) is all to play for. You never know – you have to be ambitious,” he said.
Reaching the Europa League may not be enough to convince Debuchy to stay at Newcastle if the likes of Bayern Munich did come a calling, but Newcastle fans know all too well that anything is possible under the current owners. and they might do well to not get too attached to the talented full-back.