French International Yohan Cabaye wants to play in Europe again, and he thinks he’s at the right club to do just that.
Yohan Cabaye in those orange strips we sometimes wear on the road
With Newcastle doing so well this season, and being very high profile in France, and also having such a large French contingent of players, we have to think there are a number of very good players in France who would jump at the chance of joining Newcastle in the summer.
And when Newcastle play, Yohan says their games are always shown on French TV, and the Magpies are a well supported club in France.
We have to think we looked impressive when we hammered Manchester United 3-0 and Liverpool 2-0 in just two of our home games this year.
Yohan doesn’t seem to mind whether it’s the Champions League or the Europa League, just as long as he gets back playing in Europe.
He has told his friend, the long serving Lille right back and French International, 26 year-old Mathieu Debuchy, to come join him at Newcastle:
This is what Yohan said:
“My goal is to play in Europe again – either the Europa League or Champions League,” “Newcastle United is on a good way to get that, so I don’t really want to change where I am if I can achieve that here.”
“I would like to play in both Europa League and Champions League – Champions League will be more difficult, but there are seven games, you never know. I would just like to play in Europe.”
“My other aim is to play in the European Championships with France, which I can do if I’m playing here.” “I managed to play in the Champions League with my home town Lille, but it is the same situation here.”
“We need to build a big team – if each year someone else leaves the club it’s going to be difficult. It is really, really important to keep the players to build a big team.”
“I love playing in England, I’m thankful to Newcastle United for giving me the chance to play here. My family feel good here and I would like to stay here for a long time.”
“I told my friend Mathieu Debuchy he should come here. He said he would love to come to England and Newcastle. He would like to come here!”
“Newcastle now has a big reputation in France. When we play, French TV now shows Newcastle games. They try to show every game and support them.”
Mathieu Debuchy was like Cabaye, in that he joined Lille at a young age and has played there since 2003, and the right-back has so far made 279 appearances for the French Champions with 17 goals.
Mathieu Debuchy – Lille right back
He has played 3 times for France, but whether he’s good enough to come to Newcastle we don’t know, since it seems Newcastle are very likely to bring in Erik Pieters in the summer from PSV, the Dutch International left back.
Debuchy has been linked with Spanish club Valencia over the last month.
Both players were born in northern France and joined their nearby home town club Lille, and Yohan played 253 times for Lille with 39 goals and 35 assists before joining Newcastle last year for €5M, via a release clause in his contract.
On Tyneside, Yohan settled in very quickly, and has been one of the reasons that Newcastle currently lie in 6th place in the Premier League table, level on points with Chelsea.
Yohan has so far made 31 appearances with 3 goals and 5 assists for Newcastle.
Newcastle are at Swansea today, and it’s the only game in the Premier League, and we expect the game is being shown live on French TV – it’s being shown live here in the US on the Fox Soccer Channel.
We need to win today and then we’ll be flying even higher, and a bit closer to qualifying for Europe, so as we can fulfill Cabaye’s wishes.
Howay The Lads!!