Mathieu Debuchy says he’s looking to secure a permanent move away from Arsenal in January and admits a reunion with Rudi Garcia at Marseille would be tempting.
The right-back, who played under Garcia at Lille before moving to Newcastle, has been tipped as a possible target for the Stade Velodrome outfit who are currently labouring in sixth position in Ligue 1.
On the subject of his future, Debuchy told L’Equipe that he’s waiting on his representatives to report back with a firm offer.
“Honestly, I do not know what will happen,” he said. “I told my agents to come back to me only if there was something concrete.
“Afterwards, Marseilles, it remains Marseille. Although the results have been a bit difficult, it remains one of the biggest clubs in Ligue 1. What’s more, there’s a beautiful project that is being set up with a coach that I know well.”
Debuchy, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring problem picked up in his only appearance of the season against Bournemouth, spent the second half of last season on loan at Bordeaux.
He added [translation by Get French Football News] that a return to France, but not Turkey, is something that he’d enjoy: “No, I am not [against returning to France], the proof is my time at Bordeaux, which I enjoyed enormously.
“You have to see what presents itself. I have a family, four children, that comes under consideration. And that is why, for example, I have not followed up some contacts in Turkey.
“I would prefer a straight transfer but I am only an employee. If the club says no to me, what can I do?”
There was also a word or two about his relationship with manager Arsene Wenger which has turned somewhat frosty since he was denied a move to Manchester United this time last year.
“Before my loan to Bordeaux, I was often in his office,” he noted. “But now, I have not felt the need to, I do not want to… We greet each other, we say hello, nothing more.”