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The Magpies finally landed the the 27-year-old in January after a year long pursuit and the former Lille defender insists he is happy to stay on Tyneside despite a difficult start

Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy has pledged his immediate future to the Magpies despite reports linking him with a return to France this summer.

The 27-year-old arrived on Tyneside in January from Lille as the first of five French signings but struggled to find his best form as Alan Pardew's men flirted dangerously with relegation and eventually finished 16th.

Reports in his homeland claim big-spending Paris Saint Germain and Monaco are hoping to sign him but Debuchy dismissed those rumours, insisting he feels at home in the North East and the Premier League.

“I don't know about the rumours saying I have been contacted by Paris [Saint Germain] or Monaco," he told the Newcastle Chronicle.

"I feel good In Newcastle. I want to stay In England. I love the Premier League.”

Debuchy admits he found it tough to settle and adapt to the pace of England's top-flight following his cross-channel switch but says he is now enjoying life in Newcastle.

“It was very tough for us during last season,” the Frenchman added. “We had a lot of injuries and we were in trouble trying to find the solutions to get out of the relegation zone.

“For me, the Premier League was a big discovery. Everything is much harder than it is in France. The game is faster and the teams are better, even the small teams.

“I also had to learn a new language as I did not speak English. It was complicated, but right now it is better. I love England even if it is different.

“Here, you are not always in hotels. On home match days, you arrive only two or three hours at the stadium, straight from your home.”

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