Mathieu Debuchy may only have left Arsenal on a temporary loan deal in January, but it appears the France international has no intention of returning to north London in the near future.
In a recent interview with Canal Plus, Debuchy let rip at the way Arsene Wenger treated him during a rather disastrous 18 months at the Emirates Stadium and also confirmed that Manchester United made an audacious approach to sign him on transfer deadline day.
The 30-year-old would go onto seal a move to Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux, giving him the best chance of making it into Didier Deschamp's national squad for Euro 2016, but he is still holding a grudge against the Gunners boss.
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"Yes, I'm a little bit annoyed by him," Debuchy said. "It's his choice [not to give him playing time]. I came back well this summer, I had a good preseason. I was able to talk to him to know my future at Arsenal. He said that I would have game time and that we would discuss it in December. Unfortunately, I didn't have this game time."
While Debuchy may feel aggrieved at his lack of chances, the main reason behind his absence was due to the terrific form of Hector Bellerin rather than his own shortcomings. The Spaniard originally broke into first-team contention while Debuchy was out injured last season and has since emerged as one of the standout full-backs in the entire division.
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"Yes, he's good," Debuchy said of Bellerin. "I can't deny it, that's sure, but I thought I could also fit in as a starter. But that's the way it is."
Manchester United interest
Surprisingly, Debuchy spoke openly about the alleged offer that arrived from Manchester United at the same time that Bordeaux were trying to sign him. Louis van Gaal had been struggling with a number of injuries in defence and met Arsenal's asking price for a six-month loan deal.
Wenger rejected the deal for obvious reasons but Debuchy still isn't happy about it. He described the chance to play for the Red Devils as "magnificent" and was upset to see it pass him by.
"Yes, at the end of the transfer window they came in," Debuchy said of United's offer. "They contacted my agents. I was disappointed, obviously. If I had the chance to go to Manchester United it would have been magnificent.
"Unfortunately it wasn't the case. I discussed it with the coach too, who said that obviously he couldn't help out a rival."
Return to France
Debuchy has at least found the first-team football he was after back in France. He has started each of Bordeaux's last three games in Ligue 1 although his inclusion has hardly helped stop the goals leaking in. They have conceded nine goals in those three games, losing two and winning the other.