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Florian Thauvin tells UEFA why he failed at Newcastle United

4 years ago

Florian Thauvin is in European action on Thursday night.

Marseille guaranteed to go through to the knockout stages if they beat Red Bull Salzburg in their final group match.

In advance of the match, the French international has been interviewed by the official UEFA website.

As well as asking Florian Thauvin about what is happening with him now at Marseille and plans/hopes for the future etc etc, he also was quizzed about what happened at Newcastle.

The winger says that he moved to the Premier League at too young an age and without enough preparation.

The Marseille player saying that the transfer was rushed and it didn’t happen like a normal move, where there is time taken to make sure it is the best option.

At the time Marseille were desperate for money to keep the club afloat and there were claims that Florian Thauvin didn’t really want the move, only doing so after being pressurised to do so.

It is a whole different scenario now, as with new owners taking over after Thauvin’s move to Tyneside, they have steadied the ship and invested in the club, helping to facilitate the return of Florian Thauvin as well as big signings such as Dmitri Payet.

After throwing him straight into the team and giving Thauvin three Premier League starts by mid-September (he only joined Newcastle on 18 August 2015), Steve McClaren then never selected the player again for a league match.

Since returning to Marseille though, Florian Thauvin has shown himself to be a far better player than Newcastle fans saw.

Last season he got 18 goals and 8 assists, whilst this season he has already scored 9 times with 9 assists.

Florian Thauvin talking to the official UEFA website:

“The (Premier) league is completely different.

“It is far more physical.

“There is a lot more contact and you need to be ready, you need to put on more muscle before going to the Premier League.

“It was too early for me.

“It’s a transfer that happened quickly and normally you take your time and you think about it, but for me it all happened too quickly after the departure of (manager) Marcelo Bielsa.

“I was young.

“I was 22 and at 22 leaving your country: you discover a new culture, new language, new league, the food isn’t the same.

“It was complicated but they are things that help you to grow up”.


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