Debuchy ‘had Man Utd move blocked’

Mathieu Debuchy

Mathieu Debuchy joined Arsenal from Newcastle for £12m in July 2014

Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy said he had a transfer deadline day loan move to Manchester United blocked by manager Arsene Wenger.

The France international, 30, joined Bordeaux until the end of the season on 1 February, having lost his place in the Gunners side to Hector Bellerin.

“It would have been magnificent,” he said of a move to Old Trafford.

“I discussed it with the coach, who said that obviously he couldn’t help out a rival.”

Debuchy told French television channel Canal+: “Unfortunately it wasn’t the case. Yes, I’m a little bit annoyed with him. It’s his choice.”

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