Sylvain Marveaux has revealed he had no choice but to leave Newcastle United after being frozen out by Alan Pardew.
The French winger has joined Guingamp on loan until the end of the season after failing to see eye to eye with Pardew last season.
He did return to training in peak condition. But the Magpies boss relegated him to the reserves on day one of pre-season training.
Marveaux – who is popular with some supporters as they see him as an old-fashioned winger, said: “I wanted to leave Newcastle United to play more football.
“I need to play.”
Now he hopes to help Ligue 1 Guingamp qualify for Europe.
He said: “I reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League with Newcastle and with Rennes, I hope to do the same with Guingamp.” United are still searching for another striker.
They will also look to offload Hatem Ben Arfa, Gabriel Obertan and Jonas Gutierrez.
Guingamp president Bertrand Desplat was delighted with the addition of Marveaux.
He said: “It is the return of the Prodigal Son for us. I was dreaming of getting someone like Sylvain back in the the team. He is from Brittany and we are all moving in the same direction.
“He didn’t fulfil his potential with Newcastle because he was not playing there.
“At Guingamp we believe he will fulfil his potential because he will be playing more games. I would like to thank Newcastle. The negotiations were difficult but we got there. It’s a transfer with an option to buy him permanently. We will decide at the end of the season if we want to take up the option.”
Meanwhile, Pardew hopes there is no repeat of the incident that saw West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate injured in Auckland when United take on Wellington Phoenix tomorrow. Kouyate was hurt when Pheonix’s Louis Fenton put in a bad challenge in the 2-1 defeat of the Hammers.
Sam Allardyce admitted that there had been “silly challenges” in the game at Eden Park. Pardew said: “The most important thing is that the game’s played in a sensible manner and no one gets injured. That’s the first part. The second part is that it’s competitive. The teams are here to win. We know Wellington Phoenix will try to do that, and so will we.”