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Remi Garde wants Mathieu Debuchy at Aston Villa

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At this point, he's probably desperate for any defensive help he can get.

"he calls this the 'Rear View'"
"he calls this the 'Rear View'"
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Aston Villa manager Remi Garde says he's reached out to Arsenal over the possibility of a loan deal for defender Mathieu Debuchy, among others – but things haven't progressed past that point. Garde:

I had a conversation with Arsene a few days ago about some of the players and Mathieu Debuchy was among these players. It’s too early and it won’t help me or anyone to go forward in this style to make too many more comments.

It appears there's plenty of interest in the French right back, as we heard over the weekend that West Bromwich Albion were strongly pursuing him and there has been talk of interest from AS Roma.

Honestly, I'm not that concerned about where he goes as long as we have cover at the right back position – and between Calum Chambers, Mathieu Flamini, and Francis Coquelin we do have a few options. Debuchy hasn't earned playing time here, and he's played badly enough this season that he probably won't get another chance. I might not be thrilled about going to the worst team in the league, though.