Currently on loan at Marseille, Newcastle United winger Florian Thauvin has opened up as to why he chose to return to the Ligue 1 club.
During his time at the Stade Vélodrome, rumours surfaced that the Frenchman had fallen out with players and staff at the club, which led to a £12 million transfer to the Magpies. He has since explained why he decided to return to the club.
“Firstly, I could not have signed anywhere else other than Marseille because you cannot play for three different clubs in one season,” he told L’Equipe in an exclusive interview.
“After that, you have to live it to understand it. This is a club that is carried by its fans. I was certainly missing that adrenaline.”
Feeling unwelcomed at Newcastle United, the 23-year-old also felt unfairly treated when a certain Geordie legend blasted him for allegedly making a mockery of the club when he decided to wear a bowtie to match.
“In England, at each home game, you need to come to the stadium in a suit,” said Thauvin, who only mustered up 12 appearances in for the Toon.
“It is the tradition. But on that day, Alan Shearer violently criticised me by saying that I was making myself out to be someone that I wasn’t even though I was not the only one wearing a bowtie. Why me again? I would like to be left alone.”