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The Dogues right-back has revealed that he was unhappy with the club's decision to keep him, but stated that he is now fully concentrated on playing for the French outfit

Lille defender Mathieu Debuchy has conceded that he was deeply disappointed when his club refused to let him transfer to Newcastle over the summer and admits that it was difficult to deal with the Ligue 1 team's decision.

The 27-year-old right-back, however, said that this dark episode is past him now and that he is fully concentrated on giving everything for Les Dogues.

"I could not go to Newcastle because the president of Lille did not want me to go," Debuchy told L'Equipe.
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"At times it was a decision that was difficult to deal with over the summer and, yes, I was disappointed.

"I hope there will be other opportunities, but for now that is all in the past. I will give 200% for Lille and I have never said I am unhappy here. I am not sure what my future will be after this season though."

Newcastle were not the only party interested in Debuchy's services, with Inter, Chelsea and Real Madrid all rumoured to have also pursued the right-back's signature.

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