Debuchy hits out at Lille for hampering his potential switch to Newcastle
12:44 GMT, 3 August 2012
Frustrated French right-back Mathieu Debuchy has hit out in anger at Lille's refusal to sell him to Newcastle.
Debuchy explained he had been given several conflicting reasons why he cannot leave, by different people.
The 27-year-old impressed at Euro 2012 and has been a long-time target for Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.
Toon target: Mathieu Debuchy (left) is wanted by Newcastle boss Alan Pardew
'I called the president and left him a
message. I do not understand. One day I said I’m not leaving because I
have no replacement,' Debuchy told L'Equipe.
'One day, this is because the supply is insufficient to Newcastle. One day, the coach who is blocking me.
'One day, it was President. I feel that everyone does not have the same speech.
'I’m close to Yohan [Cabaye] and I followed his season. Now I have the chance to play in the best league in the world.'
Lille have already completed a deal for Troyes defender Djibril Sidibe, a similar type of player to Debuchy.
Debuchy wants to follow in the footsteps of Cabaye, who moved to the north-east from Lille last summer.
The midfielder excelled in his debut Premier League season, thrilling Toon fans as they finished fifth.