Debuchy can leave if we find a suitable replacement, says Lille director

Mathieu Debuchy will be allowed to leave the club should Lille be able to find a suitable replacement for the France international.

The 26-year-old, who maintains that Newcastle are his preferred choice, is also of interest to Inter as well as Valencia.

"Mathieu [Debuchy] has told us of his intention to leave the club," Lille director general Frederic Paquet said to Voix du Nord.

"We do not intend to put up a fight with the player over his decision. We like him, but as long as we can find a replacement of the same level, we will let him leave."

Debuchy broke into the first team as a youth player in 2003, on the way to amassing over 200 Ligue 1 appearances for Lille.

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