Mathieu Debuchy has revealed he misses playing in the Champions League, but a move to a big club is unlikely this summer.
Newcastle United were dealt a blow during the latest France press conference on Monday evening when right-back Mathieu Debuchy revealed to the journalists that he missed playing in the Champions League. He has already been linked with a move away from St. James' Park this summer, but the quotes from the defender could spark a transfer once the World Cup is over.
While playing in Lille, Debuchy enjoyed a few seasons in the Champions League, he was part of the side that famously beat AC Milan in the San Siro and went on to lose narrowly to Manchester United in the Round of 16.
Being part of this successful France side will see a lot of time for the players to swap stories, and having Bacary Sagna, Mamadou Sakho, Raphael Varane and Patrice Evra all beside him talking about past glories and looking forward to their next Champions League campaign has obviously sparked that desire in the 29-year-old defender.
From his quotes, it seems that even playing in the Europa League would be an attraction for Debuchy at the moment. In the past there has been interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal, but they are unlikely to make a move.
Debuchy’s options are limited if he wants to continue to enjoy the British lifestyle that he has settled into. No clubs in France would be able to match his wages outside of the top two, and they are looking for a higher calibre of player.
Debuchy: "Personally, it's a great adventure. I have discovered English charm, which is very hard, Newcastle & their extraordinary fans."— FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) June 24, 2014
There could be interest from Serie A. Roma boss Rudi Garcia worked very well with Debuchy while at Lille, and that could be an option for the defender. The side from the Italian capital play with their full-back’s pushed far up the field, perfect for Debuchy.
Ultimately, the player may miss the days of playing in the Champions League, but unless a team is going to compensate Newcastle for his services and entice him to leave England, it looks like his future is destined for the North-East for the foreseeable future.