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Transfer talk: August 12 - Debuchy still keen to quit Lille

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Matthieu Debuchy in action for France during Euro 2012
Matthieu Debuchy in action for France during Euro 2012

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Mathieu Debuchy, the Lille defender, insists he still wants to leave the club - despite the Ligue 1 side's chairman saying the player will not be sold.

Michel Seydoux said earlier this month that the France international would be staying after the club had rejected bids from Newcastle.

However Debuchy, speaking after Lille's 2-1 win over St Etienne, said he remained hopeful of an exit .

"I don't want to talk about my future," he told Canal+. "I heard what the chairman said. The transfer window is open until September 4 (in France). I still want to go. We will see."

The 26-year-old has made 219 league appearances for Lille since making his professional debut with the club in 2004.


Senegal striker El Hadji Diouf has joined Leeds United - 18 months after the club's manager compared him to a sewer rat.

The much-travelled former Liverpool striker has signed for the English Championship side on non-contract terms, and played 14 minutes of yesterday's League Cup victory against Shrewsbury.

The player has been a free agent since leaving Doncaster during the summer - but his move to Leeds comes as a surprise given the animosity between himself and Neil Warnock, the Leeds United manager.

Warnock criticised Diouf in January 2011 while QPR manager after Diouf reportedly abused Jamie Mackie while the player was down with a broken leg.