Yohan Cabaye helped Lille do the double in France last season as they were French Champions and also won the Coupe de France.
Yohan Cabaye - now a Newcastle player
But that didn’t stop Yohan from leaving the club he joined when he was 12 years old, from his home town club, Tourcoing back in 1998.
It was late in the day yesterday when Newcastle announced they had finally signed the 25 year-old, but Newcastle fans were delighted the deal has been done, and Yohan wasted no time in saying great things about the Newcastle club.
“This is a fantastic move for me,”
“I have enjoyed great times with Lille but the time is right now to test myself against the best and playing for Newcastle United in the Premier League does just that.”
“My first impressions of the club and the city are that it is a lovely place and the stadium is magnificent.”
After signing his contract, Cabaye was shown around the St. James Park facility and the Benton training grounds and he was obviously impressed with the excellent facilities Newcastle have these days.
And Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had returned to his office to welcome the French International to Newcastle, and Alan had this to say about his new central midfield player:
“We are delighted to have signed Yohan on a five-year contract,”
“He has a first class pedigree having proved himself at the top level in France, both for his club and the national team.”
“He will add great quality to our squad and I am really looking forward to working with him.”
Cabaye signed a five year deal at the club worth around £1.5M/year, which is about half the wages both Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan are currently getting on Tyneside.
Yohan will now get a three week break before he reports back to Newcastle on July 4th for pre-season training, and then the lads will embark on their tour of America.
It’s terrific to have Yohan Cabaye at Newcastle and we warmly welcome the young Frenchman.