French Club President Welcomes ‘Return Of The Prodigal Son’ From Newcastle
The splendidly named, Bertrand Desplat, has welcomed the return of ‘Prodigal Son’ back to the north-west of France.
Guingamp President, Desplat, says that he dreamt of signing a player such as Sylvain Marveaux, it also being a massive bonus that he is from the area, born only around sixty miles away in Vannes.
“This is the return of the Prodigal Son, I was dreaming of getting somebody like Sylvain Marveaux back in the team – he’s from Brittany and we’re all moving in the right direction.
“He didn’t fulfil his potential at Newcastle because he wasn’t playing.
“We believe he will fulfil that potential at Guingamp because he will play more games.
“I’d like to thank Newcastle as the negotiations were difficult but we got there.
“It is a transfer with an option to buy him permanently and we’ll decide at the end of the season if we want to take up the option.”
When Desplat makes reference to thanking Newcastle for the way they conducted the negotiations which were ‘difficult’, it appears almost certain that they revolved around just how much of Marveaux’ wages Newcastle would pay in the coming year.
A similar situation that appears to have developed at Bordeaux, with the French media reporting that they are in talks with Newcastle [intlink id=”45283″ type=”post”]to take Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa on loan.[/intlink]
As for Marveaux himself, it is ironic that a player who has been almost totally ignored by Alan Pardew and is leaving a club that has a policy of not competing in cups and sees the Europa League as only an inconvenience….is joining a small club who still managed to win the French Cup last season and are loving the fact they are heading into a European adventure.
Something which Marveaux himself obviously buys into;
“I had to leave Newcastle United to play more football, I needed to play.
“I reached the quarter finals of the Europa League with both Rennes and Newcastle, I hope I can do the same with Guingamp.”
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