Wylan Cyprien has spoken out about his decision to swap OGC Nice for Parma during the transfer window.
Foot Mercato and L’Equipe (via GFFN) reported that Newcastle were interested in the Frenchman during the window, but he eventually joined the Serie A side. Parma have an option-to-buy Cyprien for €8.5 million (£7.7 million) at the end of the season according to Football Italia.
Football Italia also quote the ex-Lens midfielder as saying: ‘I grew up watching Serie A and always wanted to play in this tournament. I chose Parma to discover this league via a club with great history.’
Cyprien would’ve been a fine addition to Steve Bruce’s midfield.
The box-to-box 25-year-old scored eight goals and registered five assists in all competitions last season, which helped earn him his move to Parma.
Previously, he has admitted to Goal that he was inspired by Chelsea star and World Cup winner N’Golo Kante, who also began his career in France before making his name at Leicester.
With Sean and Matty Longstaff, Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden at Bruce’s disposal, we seem just about well-stocked enough to compete this season.
However, none of those names recorded anything near Cyprien’s 13 goal involvements last season apart from Shelvey, who got six goals and two assists in the Premier League.
It would’ve been nice to have some added competition for the centre-midfield roles, but the Frenchman clearly had his heart set on a move to Italy with Parma.