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.