The 24-year-old struggled for opportunities at St James' Park after joining the Magpies from Marseille on a five-year deal in August 2015
After ending the 2015/16 season back at his former club, Thauvin returned this term and has netted 10 goals to win a maiden call-up to the France squad
And, speaking to RMC Sport in his homeland, Thauvin revealed he only needed to start three matches for Marseille to secure a permanent transfer
"It was a loan with an automatic purchase," he said
"After three games I belonged to Marseille so it was almost a transfer
No doubt, I'll be at Marseille next season."
Source : PA