Tuesday media watch [05.01.16]
The Sun: Aston Villa have targeted Mathieu Debuchy to lead their fight against the drop. Debuchy, 30, wants to leave the Gunners to revive his chance of playing for France at the Euros. Villa boss Rémi Garde hopes to sign the right-back on loan for the rest of the season. But he faces competition from West Brom, who have sent Serge Gnabry back to the Emirates.
Daily Express: Aston Villa are the latest club to register an interest in signing Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy. The right-back is keen to leave the Emirates during the January transfer window after losing his place to Hector Bellerin. He was first choice when he arrived in 2014 but a combination of injuries and poor form have left him forced to watch from the bench. Debuchy is also keen on making the French squad for next summer's European Championships. West Brom were understood to be leading the race for the 30-year-old but the Sun say Villa boss Rémi Garde is now hoping to bring his compatriot to the club.
Birmingham Mail: Aly Cissokho insists Villa still have the belief to prove the critics wrong the critics who reckon they are already down. Cissokho returned to Villa duty at the Stadium of Light on Saturday but was unable to prevent the 3-1 loss to Sunderland. The latest setback against the Black Cats leaves Rémi Garde's strugglers 11 points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Premier League. They have taken just eight points from 20 matches and are on a club-record 19-game winless run. But the 28-year-old left-back, who was recalled early from his season-long loan at Porto is determined to keep the faith.
Birmingham Mail: Former Blues favourite Robbie Savage says there is no point Villa buying any players during this month's transfer window. Savage joined Derby County in January 2008 but was unable to prevent them being relegated with a record low Premier League points tally that season. Villa are enduring a similar struggle this season and prop up the table with just eight points from 20 games, 11 adrift of safety. Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light pushed them nearer to the Championship. Savage reckons the addition of potentially expensive reinforcements this month would be more trouble than it is worth for manager Rémi Garde and the club.
The Sun: Loic Remy will be offered the chance to re-sign for Newcastle. The Magpies and Crystal Palace have made contact with Remy's representatives and Chelsea are willing to let the French striker, 29, go on loan. Swansea, Aston Villa and Norwich have also expressed an interest.
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BBC Sport: Rafael Benitez has been sacked as manager of Real Madrid after just seven months in charge, with club legend Zinedine Zidane replacing him. Spaniard Benitez, 55, was relieved of his duties following a meeting of the club's board on Monday. B team coach Zidane, 43, has been made first-team boss, but the length of his contract has not been made public.
Sky Sports: Stoke manager Mark Hughes feels British managers are being denied the opportunity to win major competitions in England. Hughes claimed plenty of trophies as a player but is eager to hunt down some silverware from the dugout - something he feels home-grown coaches are not getting enough opportunities to do.
BBC Sport: Swansea City will not rush to appoint a permanent manager thanks to caretaker boss Alan Curtis' performance, says the club's former striker Lee Trundle. Curtis, 61, has taken five points from five games since Garry Monk's sacking and it now looks likely he will remain in charge for the rest of the season. Swansea are 17th in the Premier League, two points above relegation, after Saturday's loss at Manchester United.
*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.