Yohan Cabaye has been talking this week, and you woudn’t think he had any desire at all, or was even thinking about leaving Newcastle, and he’ll still be hoping that his good friend at Lille, French International right-back Mathieu Debuchy, will be a Newcastle player before this Saturday.
Cabaye and Debuchy training during Euro 2012
Yohan has been interviewed in the local press, and he said if somebody had told him last summer at this time that Newcastle would finish the season in 5th place in the Premier League, that yes, that would have been a shock.
This is what the 16 times French International had to say:
“It wasn’t a surprise to finish fifth by the time we had got to the end of last season, because we played so well, but if someone had told me that before I signed for Newcastle, then yes it would have been a shock.”
“It will be harder to do that this year. We have to show everyone that it wasn’t a one-off, to play like a good team.” “We have some really good players and I think we can do the same thing, but it’s going to be hard, we know that, if we don’t keep our standards up, if we don’t keep working like we always have done.”
The French midfielder has been hoping that Newcastle would fortify the squad this summer, but Newcastle have spent about £3M net in transfer fees so far, and brought in Romain Amalfitano, Gael Bigirimana, Curtis Good and Vurnon Anita.
We are still hoping Newcastle can bring in a striker and a defender by Friday night, and there’s still some hope that Newcastle will bring in Mathieu Debuchy from Lille, and he would be a great signing for the club.
There’s persistent news in the media that the Magpies will go back to Lillie with one last increased offer before the end of this week.
We hope they do,, and we hope the French club finally accepts the offer, and apparently terms have already been agreed with Mathieu, so he could then quickly take his medical and sign along the dotted line on Tyneside.
We certainly hope that’s one of the things that happens before Friday night at 11:00 pm, when the transfer window closes – there’s still a decent chance that will happen.
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