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Mathieu Debuchy is considering the possibility of moving to Aston Villa, saying that he must leave Arsenal during January.
A year and a half ago, Debuchy joined Arsenal from Newcastle United, but the right-back has been pushed out of the regular starting side at the Emirates by Hector Bellerin.
With Bayer Leverkusen also reportedly keen on securing his services, the Frenchman told L’Equipe of the potential Villa move: “It’s true, they are among the teams interested in me.
“I am currently studying everything but it’s not a possibility I have excluded.
“Whatever happens, even if it is to return this summer and then start again, I have to go this winter. I cannot stay at Arsenal.”
Adding that he regrets not leaving the North London outfit during the previous transfer window, Debuchy said that he had “clearly lost six months.”
The defender, having made just seven Gunners appearances this season, commented: “I would have preferred to leave last summer but the coach told me I would have my chance. It was not the case.
“I do not know who is responsible. Last year, I got injured, I’ve been away a long time, and Bellerin played some good matches.
“This summer, I had a good preparation and I was able to resume the season, but the coach decided otherwise.
“It is very hard, I went through difficult times. This is the first time I find myself in this situation. Playing a match every two months, that’s not possible.”