Newcastle United’s Debuchy pledges improvement

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NEWCASTLE star Mathieu Debuchy has vowed to improve next season after an eventful introduction to the Premier League.

The right-back dazzled for France at Euro 2012, but struggled to make the same impact on Tyneside after his move from Lille in January.

Debuchy has taken time to settle in England, but says Newcastle fans will see the best of him when he returns “stronger and better equipped”.

“I feel great here in terms of my life”, said Debuchy. “I’ve been made welcome by everyone at the club, particularly the supporters, even if the results have not been as we would have wanted.

“However, I want to be stronger and play better for Newcastle next season. I will be better equipped to do that when we return.”

Newcastle were first linked to Debuchy last summer but signed him in early January on a five-year contract for a fee believed to be in the region of £5million.

He was soon joined by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara and Moussa Sissoko to complete a 10-strong French contingent in the Magpies’ first-team squad.

His best friend, Yohan Cabaye, has helped him to settle into life on Tyneside off the pitch, but on it Debuchy admits there is room for improvement.

Debuchy added: “I’ll go away this summer, rest up and prepare hard for next season because, on a personal level, I want to give more to my team. Hopefully the team as a whole will improve.”