Debuchy delight as Newcastle seal right-back signing

Newcastle United have signed France right-back Mathieu Debuchy from Lille, the club have confirmed.

Debuchy, 27, has been at French side Lille for his entire career, having joined the side at the age of eight. He was an integral part of the side that won Ligue 1 in 2010/11, and has featured in the Champions League on a regular basis subsequently.

Debuchy, talking to the club website, revealed:

“It is great to become a Newcastle United player. After many great years at Lille I felt I was ready for a new challenge, and cannot wait to play for such a big club in the best league in the world.

“I hope I can bring something fresh to the team and help us get up to the highest possible position in the Premier League this season.”

The full-back has been capped by France 12 times, and was widely reported to be close to a deal to move to St. James’ Park in the summer – this deal is reported to have cost the club £5m.

Debuchy is likely to occupy the right-back role currently held by Danny Simpson with the Magpies. Simpson is out of contract in the summer, and as a result could leave for free at the end of the season.

Debuchy has not signed in time to feature in the weekend’s FA Cup clash with Brighton, with Vernon Anita set to stand-in, as Simpson is unavailable through injury.

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