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​Newcastle signing Thauvin can cope with price tag

Florian Thauvin is relaxed with the transfer fee Newcastle paid to secure his services from Marseille.

The French U21 international claims he is not under pressure despite the estimated £13m deal.

"It's not a problem for me to have such a high price tag. I am a footballer and that's my passion and my job," he said.

"It's always been my dream to be a footballer in the Premier League, and I'm happy to be here and do that."

But the winger admits he may need some time to adapt to the Premier League which is more physical than Ligue 1.

"The Premier League is well known for being a very physical league," he said. "It's a bit different to France. It's not something that concerns me, although maybe I'll have to take a bit of time to get used to it. Once I do, I'll be fine.

"St James' Park is a magnificent stadium, a magnificent ground and they are a massive team too in the Premier League, so it's always an honour and a pleasure to be able to play in such places.

"I did pre-season at Marseille, played in all the friendly games - I even started the season out there, so if the coach needs me, I am there."

Newcastle had chased Thauvin for more than two years, although he revealed there was a time when he might have ended up at Arsenal instead.

He said: "Two or three seasons ago, Arsene Wenger perhaps made an approach but apart from Arsenal, Newcastle are the only other club who have made an approach for me in the past."


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