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Lille deny Real Madrid in for Debuchy

Mathieu Debuchy's future remains the subject of speculation after Lille rejected a report from Marca claiming that Real Madrid were set to sign the right-back.

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Debuchy, 27, has been linked with a move away from the Stade Metropole all summer, with Newcastle his chief suitors.

However, Real Madrid emerged as a potential destination on Thursday as reports in Spain suggested the France international had flown in to thrash out a deal.

Lille president Michel Seydoux has made it clear that he wants to keep Debuchy, though, and denied that a deal with Madrid is in the pipeline.

"We have not been approached [by Real Madrid]," Seydoux told L'Equipe. "Anyway, Mathieu really wants to play Champions League with us."

Lille beat FC Copenhagen in extra-time to qualify for the Champions League on Wednesday night, but Seydoux is convinced he would have been able to hold on to Debuchy had the club not reached the group stage.

"Even if we did not qualify for the Champions League, my answer would have been the same," Seydoux said.


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