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Newcastle transfer was brutal- Debuchy


DEBUCHY-LEICESTERLONDON, April 7- Arsenal fullback Mathieu Debuchy has described his departure from Newcastle as ‘brutal’, but says he is very happy at the Emirates Stadium.

Debuchy moved the Gunners for a fee reported to be in the region of £12 million in the off-season but has spent most of the campaign on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.

However, with his return approaching, Debuchy has spoken of his turbulent departure from St James’ Park, admitting it was tough to bid a proper farewell to both his team-mates and the club’s fans due to the World Cup in Brazil.

“It was tricky,” the France international is quoted as saying by La Voix du Nord.

“Everything was done quickly during the World Cup so I could not say goodbye.The president called me – he does not do that with everyone – so it was a big gesture on his part.

“It means I did good things at Newcastle. It was a bit difficult for me because I had a good relationship with the fans and staff at the club.

“It was brutal but I’m very happy to be at Arsenal.”

The Frenchman added that he was also in discussion with French champions PSG before joining the Gunners but that he felt more valued by the North Londoners.

“PSG talked to my agents but they said I wasn’t their priority.That was the end of it,” the former Lille defender said.

“There were rumours of greater or lesser foundation. There was talk, but it never went anywhere.”