The former Gunner has been speaking about his Marseille team-mate this week.
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Tottenham Hotspur’s protracted transfer move for Georges-Kevin N’Koudou of Marseille has certainly been making the news in France.
Everyone connected to Marseille appears to have had their say on the matter and now a former Arsenal player has joined the chorus.
Abou Diaby has been speaking to the press today and he made his thoughts clear on the transfer, as reported by FootballClubDeMarseille.fr. The Frenchman, who had an injury-ravaged spell at Tottenham’s North London rivals, believes that N’Koudou needs to see the situation sorted quickly and get back to playing football:
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou at Marseille
"It's a matter of ownership. We would like to have him back with us because last year he showed tremendous things. It's a bit unfortunate."
He also insisted that something like this would never happen at Arsenal:
"No, I never saw (something like) this (at Arsenal). It's a shame he's young but he needs to train. The sooner this is done, the better for him."
Since the deal was initially supposed to go through, around a month ago, N’Koudou has reportedly been staying at a hotel in London awaiting to get approval on the deal.
Gareth Bale (R) in action with Abou Diaby
However, Tottenham and Marseille have been unable to come to a final arrangement over the fee for the player – with the internal restructuring at Marseille not helping the deal.
Diaby, a player who knows a lot about missing out on football, is clearly concerned that this time away from regular training will be negatively impacting the young winger’s chances of success – whether at Spurs or Marseille.