Lille First Team Coach Rudi Garcia has publicly laughed off a £4m bid from Newcastle United for right back Mathieu Debuchy….
The France international who is currently representing his nation in Poland-Ukraine, plays mainly as a right sided full back but can also play as a deep lying midfielder and looks to be Newcastle manager Alan Pardew’s ideal replacement for Danny Simpson, who is set to leave the Magpies this summer.
“He is torn between staying with us and playing in the Champions League in our new stadium or going elsewhere,” admitted Garcia to French Website 20 Minutes.
“If he does go and it is a sporting progression, then we will be happy to see him evolve – but we have not planned to replace him
“But I do believe that Newcastle have faxed an offer of £4million – but they must have the wrong player,” he joked.
Garcia has also stated he is not surprised by how well the 26 year old has settled into his international role.
“No [they haven't surprised me], as he plays with France as he does with us, he plays high and attacks but defensively is also very rigorous and he exudes confidence,” said Garcia.
“Without insulting Reveillere and Sagna, he is trying to show he should always be right-back for France.”