Steve McClaren has insisted that Florian Thauvin does have a future at Newcastle, the Shields Gazette reports, despite the Frenchman leaving the club on loan just months after moving to St James' Park.
The 23-year-old has joined former club Marseille until the end of the season (via Shields Gazette) after enduring a difficult time with the Magpies. Despite the return to his old side however, McClaren explained that Thauvin remains in the club's plans for the future.
"The best thing was for him to go and play somewhere. Marseille wanted it, we think it's a benefit for him - and us," he told the Shields Gazette.
"But he comes back in the summer and is a Newcastle player.”
When asked if he still had a future with the club, McClaren responded: "Absolutely."
The attacking midfielder looked lively when he made his debut for the club in the goalless draw with Manchester United in August. However, since then, he has struggled for form, having enjoyed little game-time.
He has started just three games in the Premier League, with his other 10 appearances all coming from the bench. And with the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko performing well when working just behind the strikers, it has been difficult for McClaren to justify giving him a prolonged run in the team.
And while he has not made the best start to life back in Ligue 1 - having been sent off shortly after coming on against Montpellier - Thauvin will surely know that upon hearing McClaren's assessment of his future, he needs to use the rest of his loan spell to prove a point to those on Tyneside that he deserves another chance.