Florian Thauvin has been called up for a World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg on Saturday and a friendly when France host Spain next Tuesday.

The winger taking the opportunity to confirm his departure from Newcastle United.

Florian Thauvin saying that the much reported loan contract did include a trigger that meant a permanent deal would be secured after only three appearances.

That deal will formally go through in the summer but in the meantime, the Frenchman’s return to form has inspired Marseille.

With 28 Ligue One starts behind him this season, Thauvin has an impressive 10 goals and five assists already this campaign, helping his team to fifth in the table.

Despite only starting three league matches for Newcastle United, Florian Thauvin still sees the experience as having been a positive one for the longer term…

Florian Thauvin talking to RMC:

“It was a loan (from Newcastle to Marseille) with an automatic purchase and after three games I belonged to Marseille – so it was almost a (immediate permanent) transfer. There is no doubt that I will be at Marseille next season.

“I think I have progressed. I play a little simpler.

“My visit to Newcastle, even if it was complicated, did me good. It made me grow up and I became a different person when I came back from England.

“I am 24 years old now and I have been working to be consistent at every game.

“My visit to England made me understand certain things about high level requirements. I hope to be ready for this new status (in the France squad).

“In any case, I will do my utmost to deserve it. I thought about it (being called up) secretly – it was in a corner of my head.

“Every player dreams of playing in a World Cup, being a part of the France set-up.

“There are many players (I know in the squad), we met in youth selections (Thauvin played Under 18, 19, 20 and 21 for France), we all know each other.

“I will try to do the best I can to progress. There are a lot of great players in front of me. I think of Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kevin Gameiro. I have Dimitri (Payet) every day at my club (Marseille).

“They are players with whom I will learn. I do not want to talk about competition because it is part of football. I’m a young player. Working with players like this for a week and a half, it will allow me to learn even more what the high level is and to progress.

“I have a lot of ambition for my career and I set myself many goals. I am not afraid to say that I’m ambitious because you have to be ambitious in life. “

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  • Peter Robson

    He was very unlucky to arrive at a “Rudderless” NUFC.
    The club was drifting aimlessly and also sinking.

    With the benefit of a decent manager/coach, I think we could have seen a completely different player.

    As things turned out, the weight of expectation on him was too great and many on here and throughout the fanbase saw him as the ideal scapegoat !!!

    Who knows how he could have performed under Rafa ??

    I guess we´ll never know !!!

  • Rich Lawson

    Interesting comments from Joey Barton (of all people) at the weekend bout his time in France,he thought the more talented a player there the less time they were interested in training/fitness work ? I’m afraid my main remembrance of thauvin is how much time he stood still watching the game and playing with his hair !

  • Peter Graham

    Can anyone honestly say that Atsu is an upgrade on Thauvin? Blighted by poor management.

  • Wor Lass

    As far as I`m concerned he`s one that got away. He only showed flashes when he was here but this season he has been a different animal. As he says, he has grown up and he is playing with real passion and showing leadership qualities. He`ll leave Marseille for big money, I reckon – I hope we`ve got some sort of sell-on clause in there!