As we mentioned previously on MOMS, players like Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy who were desperate to play rather than rot on the bench before the Euros in France, are probably the limit in terms of getting decent players into Villa Park during the January window.
From a recent interview Debuchy gave with French sports paper L’Équipe the French right-back indicated that he was perhaps waiting to see if Villa showed signs in January of making a fight for survival before he made any decision on a loan spell at B6, after Villa boss Rémi Garde had admitted there had been talks.
He was asked whether Villa being bottom of the Premier League affected his decision.
“Certainly, that makes you think. It is also for that reason that I am taking my time before making a decision,” he told L’Équipe. “On the other hand, it could also be a great challenge.”
Debuchy added that talks with Garde had gone well, so the move remains an option in his mind.
“Even if they are currently in trouble, Aston Villa are one of the great English clubs. It is also for that reason that I do not rule out this option. I have also spoken to the coach (Garde) on the phone. That went well.”
Also in the interview, it mentions German club Bayer Leverkusen’s interest in the right-back, who may give Villa their most serious competition to complete a loan move.
“That could interest me too,” he said of a possible move to the Bundesliga outfit. “We will see… The most important thing is to play in an attractive league.”
The French defender also outlined family concerns that have to be considered in any move.
“I will also take into account the opinions of my family – I have just had a fourth child,” said Debuchy, which could give Villa the edge over Leverkusen.
While Debuchy plays the waiting game with Villa, he has admitted “I cannot stay at Arsenal” as his match fitness is suffering due to it being almost two months since his last proper game.
“If I was to start tomorrow, I do not even know if I could last the whole match,” reasoned Debuchy, concerned that France’s upcoming friendlies in March against Holland and Russia are fast-approaching; matches he needs to feature in if he is to force his way into the French squad for the Euros.
Tick-tock Debuchy, tick-tock…
(Translation of full Mathieu Debuchy interview here – Get French Football News
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