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French Football Fans React To Sylvain Marveaux Return To France From Newcastle United

7 years ago

Newcastle United recruited Sylvain Marveaux after an injury ravaged season at Rennes when he started only nine Ligue 1 matches, the previous season though he scored 12 goals from midfield/wing and was being talked about for the French national side.

After a dismal three years at St.James’ Park, Marveuax has now returned to France having started just thirteen Premier League matches in that 3 year spell.

With two years left on his contract, Newcastle United and Alan Pardew had made clear he wasn’t wanted for some time and were desperate to move him on.

A one year loan deal to French club Guingamp was agreed yesterday, so we asked our trusty translator Pierre to find out what French football fans were saying about the return of Sylvain Marveaux to France.

The following are comments left on L’Equipe’s website;

A good recruit for Guingamp, a lot better than what other clubs have done in Ligue 1…

I remember that he was close to being selected to the French team a few years back.  We will see if his stay at Newcastle has completely destroyed him, or he was just frozen out.

I am a Rennes fan and I sincerely envy you, he is really a very good player.

A good recruit if he can play more than 8 matches this season…talented player but far too weak physically.

Another French talent wasted. Pfff!

A very good transfer for Guingamp. It’s promising for the Europa League.

We know little about his fitness…but well, bearing in mind it’s a loan, we have nothing to lose.

A good recruit for Guingamp !!!

Guingamp and its staff are really making an effort in their recruitment (whilst staying sensible), this will allow Gourvennec  to have options, this was painfully missing last year.

A really good career progression since he left Rennes! Another one who thought he was the complete package too soon.

Well at least he is coming to a club who has won the French cup twice in 6 years (2009 and 2014, with this year’s win coming over Rennes!), that would not have happened  by staying at Rennes… 

If he works hard and regains his level, it could be a masterstroke

I bet his salary won’t be small!!!!!


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