Ex-footballer criticises Newcastle United winger Florian Thauvin's transfer move

Florian Thauvin has been criticised in his native France for quitting Newcastle for Marseille.

Florian Thauvin lasted just half a season at Newcastle United before quitting the club to return on loan to former side Marseille.

He has gone back on a loan deal, with the intent to return stronger for next season, but his decision has split opinion.

Former French footballer Daniel Bravo, who earned 13 caps for his country and played for PSG and Marseille among others, has been strongly critical.

He is quoted by Maxifoot relaying comments made to Canal+, criticising Thauvin's past spell at Marseille, his prospects there for this season, and what his return means for his Newcastle United career.

Bravo said: "This team lacks class and experience, all that is not Thauvin.

"He is a player who is young and a player that has already failed in Marseille. I wish him well but I think not for a second [he will succeed].

"He was a very promising player but I was very disappointed that he does not progress, he persists in his dribbling and loses the ball every time. I do not understand.

"And in England, there will be no progress without playing [there]."

If Thauvin needed any more motivation to be a success back in France, and Newcastle, Bravo may have provided it, as his cutting comments attack just about every aspect of his career.

He is essentially looking to rebuild, but Marseille are a very different team to the one he played in last season, with Giannelli Imbula, Dmitri Payet, Pierre-Andre Gignac among the players all sold last summer, and with a new manager in charge.

Marseille are currently 10th in Ligue 1, seven points clear of safety, and a huge 33 points back from runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

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