Right-back concentrating on France campaign.
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Newcastle United target Mathieu Debuchy has revealed he will wait until the end of Euro 2012 before deciding his future.
The Lille right-back told L’Equipe that he was currently focussed on France’s campaign but hinted he was ready to ask for a move away from the Ligue 1 side.
“I have wishes, but we will discuss them later,” he said.
Although expected, Mathieu Debuchy’s decision may well be a major blow to Newcastle’s hopes of signing the attacking right-back.
Barring Samir Nasri – who got the goal – Debuchy was France’s most impressive player as Les Bleus were held to a 1-1 draw by England in the Group D opener.
While many predicted France would have the most joy down the left – with Patrice Evra and Franck Ribery attacking Glen Johnson – it was Debuchy on the opposite flank who stood out, working tirelessly against Ashley Cole and putting in several crosses.
He clearly has wonderful technique, is positionally sound and quick, as well as strong. He also had a terrific effort well blocked and is great in the air for a (relatively) little man.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew had hoped to use his links with Lille (he signed Yohan Cabaye from them of course) and the general French connection at the club to seal the deal but is now likely to face increased competition for the 26-year-old.
In fact, it would be a surprise if some of Europe’s top clubs weren’t already sniffing around. At the very least, the Magpies are going to have to contend with an increased transfer fee for Debuchy…unless of course he’s terrible for the rest of the tournament.