Mathieu Debuchy eyes move to England

Updated: 29 May 2012 14:41 IST

Highly-rated French fullback Mathieu Debuchy said on Monday he would like to move to the English Premier League after a successful spell with 2011 Ligue 1 champions Lille.

Mathieu Debuchy eyes move to England

Le touquet, France:

Highly-rated French fullback Mathieu Debuchy (seen in white in the picture) said on Monday he would like to move to the English Premier League after a successful spell with 2011 Ligue 1 champions Lille.


The 26-year-old right back - who scored his maiden international goal in France's unimpressive 3-2 win over Iceland in Sunday's Euro warm-up match - said it was an idea that appealed to him but for the moment there was no concrete offer.

"I would really like to, why not, go and see what it is like to play for a club abroad," said Debuchy at the French training camp.

"Other leagues please me as well, but I really like the English style.

"However, I don't know any more than that, I haven't discussed anything with my club.

"For the moment I am preparing for the Euro and I will leave my agents to deal with such matters. If I stay at Lille, I will be happy as well."

Lille, who finished third in Ligue 1 last season to qualify for the Champions League, are unlikely to stand in the way of a player, who has stayed loyal to them since he came through their youth system if they receive a decent offer.

The four-times capped Debuchy, who scored five times in Ligue 1, would join former Lille team-mate and fellow French international Yohan Cabaye in moving to England while the club's Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard is also committed to playing in England next season.



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