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Garcia blasts Newcastle over Debuchy

Lille chief blames Newcastle over botched move

Mathieu Debuchy: Saw a move to Newcastle fail to materialise over the summer

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Lille boss Rudy Garcia has blasted Newcastle for unsettling defender Mathieu Debuchy.

Debuchy was strongly linked with a move to Newcastle during the summer transfer window with Lille rejecting a couple of offers for the full-back.

The France international was thought to be keen on a move to Newcastle and remains hopeful that a deal could be resurrected in January.

Garica has blamed Newcastle for the move not happening, claiming they failed to meet Lille's asking price for the 27-year-old.


"If Newcastle would have done what they had to, then Mathieu would have left," Garica told L'Equipe.

"Now I believe Mathieu has swallowed it. He is now looking forward and that is the most important thing.

"How do I find his behaviour? Perfectly normal, that is the right term. He longs to play again after his injury."