France coach Didier Deschamps has advised Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy to leave the Gunners if he dreams of making it to the national squad for the Euro 2016. The full-back last featured for France in September during his side's 2-1 win over Serbia.
The 30-year-old made a switch to the Emirates from Newcastle United last summer. He had a disappointing start to his Arsenal career as injuries forced him to spend the most part of the last season on the sidelines.
Arsene Wenger fielded Hector Bellerin in the right-back position and the Spaniard has cemented a place in the Gunners' starting lineup, leaving Debuchy to spend time on the bench. Injury to Bellerin forced the Arsenal manager to start Debuchy against Bayern Munich in the Champions League clash.
The ex-Newcastle defender revealed that lack of playing time in the first season saw him consider leaving Arsenal in the summer. Deschamps has advised Debuchy to leave his current employers in search of regular playing time, if he has the ambition of playing for France in next summer's European championship.
"Mathieu [Debuchy] has not lost all of his qualities overnight. But he has played very little. He needs to face up to the competition at his club," Goal.com quoted Deschamps as saying.
"I spoke to him in September. He is a player who is under contract at Arsenal. He is somebody who is rational and intelligent.
"You cannot pretend to be at 100 per cent at international level when you play so little. It's up to him to see what happens in December, January."
The Telegraph suggested that Debuchy will be considering his Arsenal future when the transfer window re-opens in January after he was dropped by Deschamps for the France squad in October. The full-back was signed by Wenger for £12m ($18.2m) and could leave the north London club, unless he pips Bellerin for a place in the starting lineup in the next two months.