Florian Thauvin: I’m fit and ready to make Newcastle debut at Manchester United

Florian Thauvin
Florian Thauvin

New £13m signing Florian Thauvin has declared he is fit and ready to make his Newcastle United debut at Old Trafford.

Steve McClaren’s side take on Manchester United in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off and Thauvin is available for selection against Louis Van Gaal’s United.

The French forward was unveiled to the press at the club’s training ground this afternoon.

Thauvin said: “I’m very happy to be here at Newcastle, and I’m surprised in a very good way to see such a well-organised club here.

“I had my first training session with the team today and it went really, really well.

“I’m fit and available, and if the manager chooses to select me, I can’t wait to make my debut at Old Trafford.

“It’s a magnificent stadium, a magnificent ground and they are a massive team too in the Premier League, so it’s always an honour and a pleasure to be able to play in such places.”

Thauvin, speaking through an interpretor, has spoken at length with McClaren since arriving in the North East.

Thauvin joined Newcastle from Marseille this week on a five-year deal to take the Magpies’ summer spending to £50million.

And he has insisted the big price tag hanging over him is no problem.

Thauvin added: “When I arrived, the manager and I had a long chat.

“He asked me to be an important player for the team.

“He wants me to get goals, and he wants me to supply goals too.

“But he also wants me to fulfil my defensive duties as well.

“It’s not a problem for me to have such a high price tag.

“I’m a footballer, and that’s my passion and my job.

“It’s always been my dream to be a footballer in the Premier League, and I’m happy to be here and do that.”

His next priority is to get a good grasp of the English language.

“Learning English is important for me, and that’s a priority,” added Thauvin.

“I’m going to get some English classes arranged straight away.

“I’m lucky to have so many French speakers here, but I will definitely get out there and learn English because that will be very beneficial.”

The £13million deal, which saw Remy Cabella go the opposite direction on a season-long loan which could be turned permanent, ends a long search for the winger.

Chief scout Graham Carr has chased the 22-year-old for two years, having first spotted his potential when he was at Bastia