Mathieu Debuchy – Rudi Garcia (Lille)
The 27-year-old right-back, however, said that this dark episode is past him now and that he is fully concetrated on giving everything for Les Dogues.
“I could not go to Newcastle because the president of Lille did not want me to go,” Debuchy told L’equipe.
“At times it was a decision that was difficult to deal with over the summer and, yes, I was disappointed.
“I hope there will be other opportunities, but for now that is all in the past. I will give 200 per cent for Lille and I have never said I am unhappy here. I am not sure what my future will be after this season though.”
Newcastle were not the only party interested in Debuchy’s services. It was rumoured that Inter, Chelsea and Real Madrid were also pursuing the right-back’s signature.