Mathieu Debuchy has admitted to being shocked and disappointed at losing his starting spot to Hector Bellerin this season, and a number of clubs are looking to capitalise on the situation and lure him away this January, as reported by the Daily Star.
The Frenchman looked like an excellent replacement for Bacary Sagna when we signed him last summer, but an injury hit season meant he barely featured during his debut campaign.
We consequently saw the rise of Bellerin, who stepped up to the plate superbly in his senior teammate’s absence.
Bellerin barely put a foot wrong after being made first-choice, and it would be harsh to drop the young Spaniard now. Debuchy claims he was surprised and disappointed at not being reinstated this season, but after seeing Bellerin’s performances it’s difficult to see how he can feel that way.
“It was a surprise and a disappointment,” Debuchy said (via the Star).
“Let’s say it [leaving] crossed my mind”
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It would be a shame to see Debuchy go, as he looks a quality right-back. If he can’t handle the competition however, then he may get his wish this January.
The Daily Star’s report claims (via Tuttomercatoweb) that Swansea, Everton, and La Liga side Valencia are all interested in luring the 30-year-old away, and if he can’t wrestle a starting spot back off Bellerin he may be open to a move.
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With Debuchy potentially being on the verge of an exit, Arsene Wenger’s decision to keep Carl Jenkinson on the books is seemingly a masterstroke. Next season could see a battle between Bellerin and Jenkinson for a starting spot, with two young stars both hungry for action.