Newcastle United winger Florian Thauvin has admitted that discussions are ongoing regarding his potential exit from St. James’ Park.
Thauvin arrived at Newcastle United from Marseille for a sizeable £15 million but he failed miserably to fulfill the huge price tag and following the Magpies’ relegation into the Championship, it looks all but certain that the 23-year-old will be leaving St. James’ Park this summer.
The likes of Lazio and Marseille have been mentioned as potential destinations for Thauvin but any prospective transfer will be complicated by the fact that Newcastle are not willing to take too much of a hit on the sale of the winger by demanding around £12 million.
As the transfer saga rolls on, Thauvin has broken his silence regarding his time at Newcastle and has stated that the Magpies did not deserve to get relegated last season.
Thauvin told the Shields Gazette, “This is a legendary club in England who did not deserve to go down. I thought about my team-mates and fans after relegation. It was painful.
“I know what I want. We continue to discuss with the club what happens next, but this must remain between us. I greatly respect Newcastle and its leaders too much to speak publicly on the situation.”
Speaking regarding his future, Thauvin admitted that negotiations regarding his exit are currently ongoing and admitted that he would love to make a permanent return back to Marseille.
He continued, “My agent has had discussions with the club and continues to have them. Newcastle have always been professional with me. I know that Marseille thinks that. I have said again and again, Marseille will be special in my life, this club has a big place in my heart.
“Obviously, we cannot remain indifferent to that interest but it is for Newcastle or Marseille to communicate on that subject. My agent is in contact with several clubs, that’s not for me to speak. For now, I am a Newcastle player.”