Former Newcastle winger Florian Thauvin has said he made a ‘bad decision’ in moving to Tyneside, claiming he was ignored by the club during his stay in the Premier League.
Thauvin, who joined the Magpies in 2015, told French magazine Onze Mondial that his move back to Ligue 1 with Marseille was to prove a point after his failed move to England.
Since leaving St James’ Park, Thauvin has been a star for OM, and has successfully rebuilt his reputation at the Stade Vélodrome.
Reflecting on his time in Newcastle, as quoted by Chronicle Live, Thauvin said:
Over there [Newcastle], I thought my career was f*****.
I came home in the evening and told my girlfriend that this was it – it was over.
I wasn’t playing at Newcastle. I ended up at this club lost, no one talked to me. My phone never rang.
I had my family and my girlfriend.
That’s when I decided to grab the bull by the horns and said ‘I’m going back to Marseille and I’ll make a name for myself’. And that’s what happened.”
Talking about why he decided to leave his native France for England in 2015, the World Cup winning France international continued:
I made some bad decisions. I can tell you, today, I have a good entourage, and it’s a lot easier for me to feel good.
It’s all a lot simpler.
I made the wrong choices in the past, no one was there to help me at that time, and that’s why I got it wrong.
Maybe if I’d stayed longer, I could have won a spot in the team, but I wasn’t thinking about that.
I told myself I wasn’t playing and I wanted to leave – to go back to Marseille.