By Danny Wright
Newcastle have confirmed that Florian Thauvin will secure a permanent move to Marseille this summer.
The Magpies announced on their official Twitter account on Friday that the attacker will no longer play for the Tynesiders after a successful spell at the Stade Velodrome.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 9, 2017
Thauvin made just 16 first-team appearances for Newcastle after he was signed from French top-flight club Marseille for a fee thought to be around £12million in 2015.
However he spent just half a season at St. James’ Park before he was sent on loan back to the Ligue 1 outfit.
He returned to Newcastle at the end of the 2015/16 season, only to move back to Marseille on a season-long loan deal, where he has performed above and beyond the expectations of the Toon fans.
Thauvin scored 15 goals and provided 11 assists in 43 appearances across all competitions in the recently-ended season, despite being dubbed as a flop at Newcastle.
His season was topped when he scored a hat-trick in the 5-1 thrashing of Caen in April.
Newcastle also confirmed on Friday the fates of several players as they submitted their retain list.
Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Lubo Satka and Haris Vuckic have all left as their contracts came to an end while Yoan Gouffran is currently in discussions over a new deal.
Football Insider Verdict
Thauvin was a dreadful signing at Newcastle, it doesn’t matter how well he has done at Marseille, he simply isn’t cut out for English football. Some players just suit playing certain ways and certain styles of football and it’s plainly obvious that either Marseille’s tactics or the style of the French league simply fits his game better. We’ve seen countless players come to England off the back of good form and struggle to fit in, Thauvin is simply another one of them. Newcastle fans shouldn’t be worried about losing him though as they still have Matt Ritchie and Christian Atsu among the ranks who are far better players as they head into the Premier League.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies are bracing themselves for an offer for this defender.