Newcastle Star – My Agent Is Dealing With Transfer Rumors


Yohan Cabaye is currently with the French squad preparing to take on England in the Ukraine next Monday night.

Yohan Cabaye – speaking to the French media

That will be the first game of Group D in the Euro 2012 Championships.

The 26-year-old joined Newcastle last summer for €5M, after playing for Lille, the then French Champions for seven years, and he has already been a big hit on Tyneside, and he is certainly a classy player.

Yohan took time out from his training to tell France Football that he is aware of  transfer rumors about him:

“There are rumours.” “I am following it a little. But I have four years remaining on my contract with Newcastle.”  “Today I don’t want to know anything. That is what agents are for.”

“At Newcastle we will play in the Europa League. The atmosphere is already huge at St James’ Park with us in the Premier League and it seems stronger now we’re in Europe.”

“When I came to England, I had to start again from scratch. There, they hardly knew me. ” “Some players did not even know I was a French champion with Lille.”  “So I questioned myself, getting to the heart of the matter as quickly as possible.”

“At Newcastle, I had to go and get it. The fight has been permanent. Security would have been remaining at Lille but at that moment I didn’t think about it. I went to Newcastle to have success.”

Good words from Yohan,  but we hope he’s not expecting his agent to fix him up with a move away from Newcastle in the summer.

It’s also good that he calls the stadium by it’s real name – St. James’ Park –  and not by its current commercial name, which will keep changing if the Newcastle Board get their way with the naming rights.

Yohan has been linked with a possible move to Manchester United this summer.

Agents only get paid when they fix up new deals for thier clients, which is one of the reasons there is so much turmoil in the summer transfer window, and even sometimes in the shorter transfer window in January.

But since Yohan Cabaye came to Newcastle, and along with recently acquired players over the last 22 months or so,  like Ben Arfa, Demba Ba, Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse,  Newcastle have become a much better side than we were just a year ago.

And Mike Ashley is no fool, although he made some terrible mistakes in his first two years on Tyneside, Mike will know that to get Newcastle to the next level, we have to start challenging for trophies,  and be in the top six year after year.

We also need to be playing in Europe every year, and to do that we need to keep a vast majority of our best players, and that includes Yohan Cabaye.

Losing one star player this summer may be okay, but losing two will definitely not be okay.

We hope and expect Yohan to be with us for a few seasons yet.

Comments welcome.



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39 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Jun 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Cabaye is going nowhere, same as Cisse, probably the two players i’m most confident on staying, include Krul and Collo into that.

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 5, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Can’t see Cabaye leaving this summer. As for HBA, i think its fair to say he won’t be in France’s starting 11which is a good thing for us i suppose.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 5, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #3

    I don’t think agents deal with transfer rumours haha. Unless you mean spreading them.

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  • papiss-on-u

    Jun 5, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #4

    beaten 2 1st.bt hey nt 2 far,cabaye shldnt b n issue at ol ,ts ol media hype.

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  • Klatoon

    Jun 5, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #5

    England will do well not to get embarassed by Le Bleus.

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 5, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #6

    HBA guilty of doing to much at times. He has just skinned a player down the left byline but wanted to beat him again. Great player but trying to hard.

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 5, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #7

    France takes it, 4-0, HBA showing skills at times, needs a start imo to settle in. Long time away from the national team.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 5, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #8

    I really don’t think France will do too well at the Euros.

    As for the England France game, I’d go with 1-0 either way. Maybe a 1-1. Can’t see England conceding many all tournament, but I can’t see us scoring more than 1 with Welbeck & Carroll to choose from.

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  • Spuggy

    Jun 5, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #9

    poor cameo from HBA. Bad decision making again.

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Interesting that everyone seems to think France will beat England easily I would just add a well drilled team with a solid defence can beat any team in the world Chelsea won the CL with a widely considered weak team

    Also think France although they have a great squad are very prone to imploding and their defence isnt the greatest

    I think it will be closer than a lot are expecting

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  • seebeebelgium

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #11

    If some of our top players would leave I think we could manage it, the team has the mental strength, willingness and great scouting to deal with departures if lots of money is coming to NUCF’s way. But I don’t think we could deal with Cabaye leaving, in my eyes he has been instrumental to nearly all that is going so well at Newcastle at the moment: influencing other French players to join us, playing great football, directing the team on the pitch (and I believe also of the pitch), …
    So I really don’t want to see him leave, not for any kind of money.

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Also seems to be a number of reports saying NUFC are expected to sign a North Korean lad called Jong Il-Gwan…anyone have any real info on this?

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #13

    @WWYCD
    Where’d u see that?

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #14

    WWYCD – apparently hes a good young player he was named young player of the year in 2010 and already has 10 caps for North Korea hes only 19.. Will also be a massive merchandise opportunity for us as he will cost about £500k at the very most and hes apparently the next best thing to ever come out of Korea

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #15

    https://twitter.com/KevinDoocey/status/210109142520696834/photo/1/large

    You can just about read the newspaper link with the details

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  • tonynufc

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Jong Il-Gwan has been scouted since september by the one and onle graham carr (in carr we trust) He really wants to play in europe and in a european competition. Newcastle set to make a 6 figure deal for the 19 year old sensational striker who is highly rated. could be a ba replacement or a development player. sounds good

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Dannyo
    I saw it from where all truth comes from my friend, the fountain of intelligence, the rainbow of knowledge…the twatusphere (twitter) a journo I follow posted a picture of a Korean news article saying that two clubs are after him and Newcastle have begun negotiations for him to nab him before the other club jumps in

    Had quotes from the owner of the lads club saying they wouldnt stand in his way. Dont know if its believeable though (considering its Korea and all) so thought Id have a little ask

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Haha:

    “English soccer team, Newcastle United, or more commonly known as the Magpies….”

    Lol, i think we’re more known as Newcastle United if im honest.

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  • Baro

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Oh, please I hope we sign this North Korean kid, never have i seen him play but it would be brilliant to have a Asian “sensation” in our squad. When was the last time we signed a “young sensational striker”?

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  • tonynufc

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #20

    also rumoured to be on arsenal and dortmunds radar.

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #21

    Ask and I shall recieve I see haha

    I reckon for the price and age he wouldnt be a Ba replacement but a reserve level development player

    GT89
    Aye I had a look into him and it said he won that award but I dont really know what that means in context…any idea who else has won it? Cracking for selling shirts and spreading the NUFC brand name even if he is crap tbf

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Heard a few good things about Jong Il-Gwan but not too much.

    @gt89….not sure the merchandising will be successful with him though. A big market in South Korea…with all the tight government control in North Korea they probably wont here about him unless he is doing well.

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #23

    Is this article for real?

    If u read the 2nd paragraph it also read that he’s the best young prospect since Kim-Jong Il…. Kim-Jong Il!?!?! Is he not the dead dictator?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Danyo,
    The burger and basketball loving young dictator has a similar name to the dynasty of despots that have preceeded him.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Best bits from an article ive found and translated:

    Born in Pyongyang on October 30, 1992, Jong is a striker, who can play either wide or very clever tip, foot ball, with great technique and speed.

    Age of 17 he was among the protagonists of the qualifications for the Asian Championship u-19 played in China, scoring 7 goals in 5 matches in the group

    In China, in October of the following year, played Under-19 Championships. Jong Gwan part in The prime games off the bench, but when it becomes the owner is devastating: scored terminating the match against China in the quarter-finals (2-0), opens the dances in the derby semi-final against South Korea (2-0) and scored a hat-trick in the final against Australia (3-2), putting on shows all his quality: first goal dribbling the whole exceeds oceanic defense with the right shot, second goal with speed forestalls the opponent before kicking a left third network, from network true opportunist, take advantage of a goalkeeper’s error and beat the defenders with a light LOB.

    In an interview said: “I don’t feel like a star of the team, I’m just one of the eleven players on the field, and whether the 11 function as a team, we win the game, otherwise no.

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  • 09nufc09

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #26

    wwycd… chelsea beat a poor bayern side that had just lost the league and the cup and a barca team without a recognised striker(messi is a am), france will easily beat england their movement is just too good, and our midfield cant keep the ball.

    when ben arfa played in the french team with benzema and nasri he was one of the best players on the pitch, then he got put on in the next 2 games with a team that just wanted to knock it round the back and run down the clock. hes a far better player than valbuena, menez and martin.
    Evra has looked past it in the last few games for france clichy is far better and mexes is a poor defender, dont know how he starts ahead of koscielny. if england score it will be from a mistake by either evra or mexes.

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  • jakesome

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Sorry merchandise and north Korea…. Honestly you think many people there can or would buy a Newcastle top??
    I know its a new government but really. We’d sell more in sunderland

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #28

    09nufc,
    Busy preparing a gibbet cage for you and your treacherous comments.

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #29

    09nufc09
    Chelsea beat a poor Bayern side? Chelsea beat a strong Bayern side who were fully rested in their own stadium. And Barca are top 2 teams in the world with Messi as a striker but lets not have a debate on that its boring haha

    As for England France time will tell

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #30

    @09nufc

    Bayern are not a poor side…..just dortmund have been very good.

    Also messi is a striker…..scoring 70 goals a season playing as a striker makes you a pretty good striker.

    England will play like chelsea and just look to be solid….for all we have not dominated games it almost looks like they were deliberately holding back playing a style they think will win them the tournament as oppose to going to try and dominate the game against 2 sides we could have beaten playing football against.

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  • jakesome

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Your 22 years old aswell you’ve witnessed a portion of the deprevation and secrecy that is n Korea. They fired missiles at a south Korean ship not too long ago and had actors living near the border to try and disguise the TRUE situation. China over the last 70 years or so has been funding the comunist state of n Korea that’s now being pulled, with a country that doesn’t import/export goods or services how they guns make money.
    Not trying to sound like a pr@ but this is common knowledge no?

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  • jakesome

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #32

    @ 29 Bayern were missing both starting cb’s

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #33

    09nufc
    Lets not get into the Messi debate,But if Jo Hart scored 50 + goals a season I woudl call him a recognized striker.

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  • jakesome

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #34

    @33 but then we’d end up with green in goal. Good keeper just really really scared

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #35

    @jakesome

    they were just missing one CB…the other played and they still had a great forward line out.

    Chelsea were missing a lot as well…terry and ivanovich, ramires and meireles too.

    They played a full strength barcelona side too (other than villa who hadnt been starting every week anyway).

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  • 09nufc09

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #36

    wwycd… bayern werent good towards the end of the bundesliga, and they had just been battered by dortmund in the cup. messi spent the whole of the game against chelsea outside of the box apart from the pen he missed, they are my favorite team to watch (after newcastle) but this season they missed villa.

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #37

    jakesome
    And Chelsea had their strongest starting 11?

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #38

    I think the point WWYCD is making is that how often does a superior team sturggle to score against a weaker side which is organised.

    Man city were blowing sides away at the start of the year until teams decided to sit deep and keep them out.

    It happens all the time in cup games….small sides will have all ten men back and prevent better teams from scoring.

    Thats what we will do in the euros I think, then look to build a more skillful squad for the next tournament.

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  • magpie79

    Jun 6, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #39

    If dreamboat has a good euros it may be hard 2 resist the big bids that might come in for him!on the plus side if any of our big players leave apart from ba it will be 4 big money so we will be able 2 spend it on improving our squad!

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