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Pires urges Debuchy to make Newcastle switch

8 July 2012 12:53

Robert Pires has urged Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy to move to the Premier League amid reported interest from Newcastle.

Debuchy, who starred for France at Euro 2012, has been linked with a move to Newcastle in the past and was reportedly the subject of a four million-pound bid from the club.

And former France international Pires, who enjoyed a trophy-laden six-year spell in the English Premier League with Arsenal, says the move would be a good one for his compatriot.

"He has a game which really suits the Premier League with his speed. He also has such an attacking game, but is very aggressive in defence", Pires told Le 10 Sport.

"If I have any advice to give him, it would be to try his luck in England."

Pires also claimed Newcastle would be the best destination for the defender due to the large French contingent already at the club.

"It does not really surprise me that English clubs are interested in him," he said.

"Newcastle would be a very good club for him because he would find his friends (Yohan) Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa.

"Also, they are one of the top English clubs, with a history and a beautiful stadium. For him and the rest of his career, they would be a nice stepping stone."

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