Florian Thauvin's message to Newcastle fans

Florian Thauvin
Florian Thauvin

Florian Thauvin has pledged to come back to Newcastle United "stronger" after leaving on loan.

The winger has rejoined former club Olympique Marseille on a six-month deal after spending just five months at St James's Park.

But there is no provision for a permanent deal in the loan.

And, as it stands, the 23-year-old will return to Tyneside in July for the start of pre-season training.

Thauvin – who turned down all interview requests while at Newcastle – sent a rare message to United fans on Twitter.

The France Under-21 international tweeted: "Thank you to all Newcastle fans for your support. I'll be back stronger."

Newcastle and Marseille confirmed the loan earlier today.

Thauvin said he had learnt a lot at United – as his £12m move given him "time to think" about his Marseille career.

Asked about his experience at Newcastle, Thauvin added: "It was a new experience, I learnt new things.

"It gave me a bit of time to think about what I had been through here, and to better analyse what I had done with Marseille.

"It was good for me to be able to think about that more clearly. I think that this experience allowed me to learn a lot.”