Lille manager Rudy Garcia says Newcastle unsettled Mathieu Debuchy

Lille boss Garcia slams Newcastle for unsettling defender Debuchy

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10:02 GMT, 16 September 2012

Lille manager Rudy Garcia has criticised Newcastle for unsettling defender Mathieu Debuchy.

The France defender was strongly linked with a move to Newcastle during the summer with Lille rejecting a number of offers for the full-back.

Debuchy was thought to be keen on a move to Newcastle and remains hopeful that a deal could be resurrected in January.

Toon target: Mathieu Debuchy was wanted by Newcastle in the summer

Toon target: Mathieu Debuchy was wanted by Newcastle in the summer

Garica has blamed Newcastle for the move not happening, claiming they failed to meet Lille’s asking price for the 27-year-old.

'If Newcastle would have done what they had to, then Mathieu would have left,' Garica told L’Equipe.

Not impressed: Rudy Garcia says Newcastle unsettled his defender

Not impressed: Rudy Garcia says Newcastle unsettled his defender

'Now I believe Mathieu has swallowed it. He is now looking forward and that is the most important thing.

'How do I find his behaviour Perfectly normal, that is the right term. He longs to play again after his injury.'