By Will Butcher
Newcastle flop Florian Thauvin has revealed that his loan-to-buy move to Marseille will almost automatically become a permanent transfer.
The 23-year-old’s temporary switch to Marseille was confirmed last week, but the former Lille playmaker has confirmed that he will be a Stade Velodrome player after his loan spell finishes.
In quotes published by the Evening Chronicle, Thauvin described a permanent move to Marseille as almost certain to happen after signing for the Magpies for £13million last summer.
“I’m on loan (from Newcastle) with an option to buy,” Thauvin said. “But the option is virtually automatic.
“I spoke with Benitez , he understood my choice to want to leave.”
The versatile attacker began his third spell with Marseille on Sunday, but failed to provide the cutting edge as Les Phoceens drew 0-0 at home against Toulouse.
The former France Under-21 international was loaned to Marseille during the second half of last season, after making just three starts following his summer move to St James’ Park last August.
The Toon allowed Thauvin to leave after signing the likes of Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Mohamed Diame. The former Grenoble attacker joined fellow Newcastle flop Remy Cabella in signing for Marseille.
Newcastle have made eight signings this summer. Along with Diame, Ritchie and Gayle, Benitez has brought in Matz Sels, Grant Hanley, Jesus Gamez, Ciaran Clark and Isaac Hayden.
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