A proposed deadline-day move by Real Madrid for Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy has been ruled out by the French club’s President.
Recent speculation in the Spanish Press had linked the France international with a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu, yet Lille President Michel Seydoux insists the player only wants to play for his current club in this season’s Champions League.
“Real Madrid have not contacted us about Debuchy. In any case he really wants to play for us in the Champions League,” Seydoux told reporters.
The 26-year-old, who has made over 200 appearances for Lille, represented France at Euro 2012 and was the subject of a bid from Newcastle United at the beginning of August, believed to have been around €6m.
However, Seydoux’s comments appear to have put an end to any ambitions of bringing Debuchy to La Liga, at least for the time being.