Given the choice of either staying at Newcastle for a season in the Championship or a return to his former, and more importantly beloved, club, we all know what Florian Thauvin would prefer.

The problem for the French winger is the Geordie club are in no rush to sell him, as explained by L’Equipe on Tuesday, considering they only bought him last summer and, you would think, see him as a prospect still.

The French newspaper also make it clear that if Newcastle were to let him leave, they would want it to be a permanent deal either for this transfer window or the next.

Considering Marseille’s current financial situation, you’d expect the Ligue 1 club to opt for a loan with a view to buy next summer, especially if they manage to change owners over the course of the season.

Of course, a couple of very good sales could also see them blow their budget to buy him back this year, but that seems extremely unlikely.

The player is very open to another stay in the south of France, which tells you everything about his original transfer in the first place: he didn’t want to leave, but did so because he had to to help Marseille’s financial situation.

A selfless act, really.