Newcastle United target Florian Thauvin says he does not want to leave Marseille through the back door

Newcastle United transfer target Florian Thauvin has explained why he feels he should stay at Marseille.

Newcastle United have been strongly linked with Florian Thauvin this summer, with the Shields Gazette reporting the Toon had a £10 million bid rejected for his services.

Thauvin remains a Marseille player and despite the Daily Mail insisting Newcastle could try to swap Remy Cabella to try and sign him, the Frenchman appears determined to stay at Marseille.

The 22-year-old has been quoted by French website Maxifoot explaining why he wants to remain with the Ligue 1 side.

He said: "The season has been complicated because I have been unlucky, but I learned a lot.

"I can not go through the back door. I want to succeed here, and it want to go through another season. It will be a pride to wear the number 10 in Marseille."

Thauvin has been handed Andre Ayew's old shirt after the forward was sold to Swansea City.

It has been a summer of departures at the French side, with top scorer Andre-Pierre Gignac also leaving on a free transfer to play in Mexico, Dmitri Payet sold to West Ham, and Giannelli Imbula to Porto.

Lyon are battling to sign Nicholas NKoulou, as report ESPN, while The Mirror claim Tottenham want to sign striker Michy Batshuayi.

While it does not help Newcastle's goals of strengthening and improving under new boss Steve McClaren, for Marseille at least Thauvin's decision is a welcome boost.

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