Lille full back Mathieu Debuchy is happy to remain at the French club for the remainder of the season despite being aware of interest from Newcastle United, as reported by Sky Sports.

The French defender was reportedly high on Alan Pardew’s summer transfer wish list but a deal could not be sealed between the two clubs.

Newcastle failed to sign a wing back and so are still keen on bringing the French international to St James’ Park in January.

However, Debuchy has revealed he doesn’t want to abandon his team mates as Lille are going through a tough time.

Debuchy is clearly open to a possible move to England, but unless something concrete is proposed he is not willing to move in the new year.

With the financial situation not too bad at Lille, Debuchy knows that a deal is not absolutely necessary after Christmas and despite things not going too well at the moment he may be in France come May.

“The sport situation is not very good at the club now, but I don’t have real desire to leave in January and abandon my team,” Debuchy told L’Equipe

“I would like to end the season here, even if things could happen quickly.

“No one at Lille has told me ‘you have to leave in January because we have money trouble’, but if an offer comes along and it would satisfy everyone…

“I have not changed my mind in six months about England and Newcastle.

“I asked my agents to only talk about it again if there is something serious.

“It was very difficult last summer so I don’t want to start it again.

“We had tensions but I don’t want to leave on bad terms.

“At that time, I had several phone calls with the coach and indeed I had a grudge against him. But talking with people at the club, I finally resigned myself (to stay).”

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