Pardew admits Debuchy needed convincing after Newcastle slide

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is happy to have completed their deal for Lille fullback Mathieu Debuchy.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is happy to have completed their deal for Lille fullback Mathieu Debuchy.

Debuchy’s £5.5million move went through yesterday and manager Pardew admitted his conversations with the 27-year-old this week had been trickier than he might have expected when he first moved for him after Euro 2012.

Pardew said: "It was difficult to explain the situation. In the summer when he was coming he probably thought we were going to be a top-eight side. On Wednesday it was a little bit of a different conversation but he understands we’ve had unusual conditions and if we can get our best team out there, we’ve got a great side. We just need to get that side out there quickly."

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