News tonight that Newcastle signed French International midfielder Yohan Cabaye from last season’s French Champions Lille.
Yohan Cabaye – signs on at Newcastle – great!
The midfielder got his 4th cap for France last night against Poland, in which another Newcastle target Charles N’Zogbia scored the winning goals for France in their 1-0 victory.
Yohan wasted no time in getting to Newcastle today, and the club has just issued the news that Yohan has signed a five year deal at Newcastle.
The Newcastle club has also issued the following information and facts about the 25 year old:
- Cabaye was born on January 14, 1986, in Tourcoing – a city in northern France just outside Lille.
- His father, Didier, was a former footballer with Lens and spent a year there at the age of 16 before suffering a double leg fracture which ended his career there. Cabaye Senior went on to play for amateur clubs Stade Jean-Macé and US Tourcoing, which later merged to form Tourcoing FC.
- Yohan played for hometown club Tourcoing FC at the age of five, and after seven years in their youth academy joined Lille.
- He progressed through the ranks at Lille and six years after arriving at the club made his professional debut in the 2004/05 season. That campaign also coincided with Lille winning the Intertoto Cup.
- A creative midfielder, Cabaye has represented France at under 16, under 18, under 19, under 20, and under 21 level, wearing the captain’s armband for the latter.
- He helped the under 19s to the 2005 European Under 19 Football Championship, before representing the under 20s at the Toulon Tournament the following year.
- Cabaye was called up to the French senior team for the first time under new manager Laurent Blanc and made his international debut in August in a friendly against Norway.
- He was called back into the squad in September for Les Bleus’ European Championships qualification matches against Belarus and Bosnia and Herzegovina, but withdrew because of injury.
- Cabaye won his fourth international cap on Thursday night as France beat Poland 1-0 in Warsaw.
- Last season Cabaye played a key role in Lille clinching not only the Lique 1 title – their first championship since 1953/54 – but also the Coupe de France, where they defeated Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the final. It was the club’s first double since the 1945/46 season and Cabaye’s maiden domestic honors.
This is Newcastle first signing of the summer, and maybe Newcastle can bring back N’Zogbia to Tyneside, and then Newcastle will have three current French Internationals in Cabaye, N’Zogbia and of course the great Ben Arfa.
Johan seems tremendous value for Newcastle at only £4.5M, and his wages are estimated at around £30K/week, and Yohan will likely share the central midfield duties at Newcastle with Cheick Tiote.
An excellent first signing for the club.
We warmly welcome Yohan Cabaye to Newcastle United.