Newcastle Must Keep Top Frenchman This Summer


Massadio Haidara was interviewed in the Newcastle Journal today, and he talks about one of our best players – Yohan Cabaye – who he didn’t know much when he first arrived on Tyneside in January.

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Yohan Cabaye – one of Newcastle’s top players

Yohan was drafted in as captain in February, after Fabricio Coloccini injured his back against Swansea, and it seems that Yohan was already acting the part of captain when he welcomed  the five new Frenchmen to the club in January.

This is what  the 20 year-old told the Journal  about Yohan today:

“Of course I want Yohan to remain at Newcastle United this summer,” “He’s a really important player for the club and for the team. He’s a great player and has certainly shown how important he is for Newcastle and for the French national team too.”

“From a personal point of view I didn’t really know Yohan that well before I came to Newcastle – I had played against him before and he’s one of the players who gave me the warmest welcome, and I’d like to express my thanks to him for that.”

“He really helped me to settle and I get on very well with him – just like I do for the rest of the team.”

Massadio’s not the only one who wants to see Yohan stay at Newcastle this summer, and Yohan has many admirable qualities, apart from his football.

Cabaye struggled as the Newcastle captain over the last few months of the season, but in subsequent interviews he has said he did his very best fro the club – which of course he did.

But Yohan is still being tracked by Monaco and maybe PSG, and Monaco’s Sporting Director Vadim Vasilyev has commented that he’s an interesting player.

But they are now linked with Real Madrid’s Ronaldo with an £80M bid being lined up, so maybe they want to spend more money on bigger players than Yohan this summer.

We hope so.

Maybe Monaco’s goal is to spend as much money as possible this summer (as if that was good), and Cabaye would be just too cheap? 😀

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93 comments so far

  • 89Norcal

    Jun 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #1

    That Ronaldo to Monaco deal was worth about 20m a year as well, I read.

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  • sparky55

    Jun 12, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Gentlemen…we’ve got more chance of keeping Cabaye than we have of signing PEA…and on that note I’m off to bed too

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  • Spoof

    Jun 12, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #3

    NBA
    sadly, you are wrong m8, since Ashley took over we have received more in transfer fees than what we have bought, thats why some of us can see how impossible Alan Pardew’s job is and put all the blame at Ashley’s feet, he is not allowing our manager to manage, sadly there is a large % who will not accept this and still feel that getting rid of Pardew would solve some, if not all of our problems, how fickle and blinded some are.!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jun 12, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #4

    NBA

    When Ashley bought the club he said he would’ve willing to invest £20M a year into the club. This wasn’t clear whether this was a gift or a loan though.

    And this was before loaned us around £140M to pay off debt and keep us going in the Championship.

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  • sparky55

    Jun 12, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #5

    by the way…one last thing…IMO Pardew is the cancer…Cabs and Cisse and Colo and Benny wouldn’t even dream of leaving newcastle if we had a manager who could manage and who could play to our players strengths…he’s the problem…not Ashley…we have a good squad thanks to Ashley and Carr with a sh!t league position because the managers a dullard

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  • Spoof

    Jun 12, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #6

    TDS
    and lets not that Kevin Keegan proved Mike Ashley to be a liar, and that was in a Court of law.

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  • sparky55

    Jun 12, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #7

    me @2…got that all wrong cos I’m so knackered…meant to say more chance of signing PEA than we have of keeping Cabs…he’s off and we all secretly know it

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  • AMEOBI

    Jun 12, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed, coloccini injured his back against Liverpool

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jun 12, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Sparky

    Now you’re spouting mindless speculation again! You have no idea if those players want to leave, they may be staying BECAUSE of Pardew as far as you know.

    It can’t be good for being constantly negative about our football club…

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #10

    Spoof

    That is true too…

    I’d love it if he stuck to that and reduced the debt by £20M each season…hmmmm…that would be high on my list in a Q&A session!

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  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #11

    Oh well that’s a shame, I can see this being another unproductive summer now.

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  • wynsleap

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #12

    If we could get £25 million for Cabaye from Monaco and use the money to buy two top forwards and a winger I’d be more than happy to see him go.
    Have always thought he was vastly overrated by the fans just because he is a current French international. Move Marveaux into his place permanently (which he needs) and there would be no appreciable reduction in creative performance.
    The purchase of Boney, Remy and Mertens would make one hell of a difference to the Toon next season.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #13

    yeah sparky, that’s pretty much my take too, manager is lacking, no disgrace in that, tough job to put it mildly, and the squad has been unbalanced for far too long, ie genuine wingers and another top striker.

    Close to a force, but no cigar, in fact in danger of seeing it come apart.

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  • 89Norcal

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #14

    wynsleap
    quite a lot of people seem to rate Cabaye, including fans from other clubs. He is definitely quality, and did better this season than most people are saying.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #15

    sparky
    KK knew he couldn’t manage under Ashley so he left, since he left we have received more from sales than from what we have bought, that makes it difficult for any manager, Pardew has been forced ( not chosen ) to sell approx £20m more than what he has been allowed to spend, and after all of this where are we now, 3/4 places lower than what we were when he took over, and bearing in mind the injuries ( yes it has had an impact ) the extra games and the obvious lack of form from Colo, Tiote, Cabaye and Cisse, then you have got to realistically say that all in all, we are now better off than what we were when he took over, and taking into account that his net spend is somewhere in the region of -£20m, then what we should be asking is, how the hell did he do it, yet he gets berated, mind boggling to say the least, open your eyes and take a good luck as to what is holding us back, and it aint the manager

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #16

    I think Collocini and Cabaye are our best and most influential players, and would be dismayed to lose either one of them, but it is definitely on the cards we’ll lose both.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #17

    £25M and £40kpw off the wage bill doesn’t buy 3 top players on 5 year contracts!

    How about we stop wishing our players out because of the money! I don’t want to see any players leave really, but there are some that I wouldn’t exactly shed a tear over…

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  • 89Norcal

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #18

    ToonDarnSarf
    I know how you feel, would be gutted if Jonas were to go

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #19

    Transfer fees and wages come from the club, not the owner! Transfer profits have either stayed in the club or been used to pay off debt.

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  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #20

    wynsleap, The thing is, the money we normally get from selling players, isn’t invested to getting players, (which is why I thought we got a 20M budget). we were told that the 35M for carroll would be invested into the squad, but what actually happened was we just bought players on the cheap instead of buying quality
    here is the notable transfers in after carroll was sold
    cabaye – 4M
    santon – 5M
    obertan – 3M
    ba – free
    marveaux – free
    elliot – free
    cisse – 9M
    anita – 7M
    debuchy – 6M
    sissoko – 2M
    gouffran – 2M
    Yanga-Mbiwa – 6M
    haidara – 2M

    that’s only 11M more than we got for carroll, and that’s basically an entire team. so don’t hold your breathe for big names coming in from a sale.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #21

    TDS
    I totally agree m8, if someone offered £60m (ludicrous I know ) for any of our players, including Mike Williamson I would say it was a bad deal, for the simple reason that MA would have cash in his pocket and we would be a player less, which cannot help the squad, even if it is Mike Williamson. I appreciate how ludicrous this sounds, but I’m sure you can see my point.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #22

    TDS
    are you seriously trying too say that MA has no say over transfer fees paid ?
    and what debt, the debt that MA owes to himself, come on TDS, you know better than that.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #23

    Spoof

    MA may make the final decision on matters involving the club, but it’s the club’s money that is spent. The club owes about £120M to MA. Around £100M of this was debt to banks under Shepherd, and it must have cost us millions a year in interest.

    I’m not including the purchase price, which is only debt as far as the accounts are concerned.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #24

    Ashley has been good for the club financially and provided us with a good collection of players, but he is a shifty b@stard and his greatest trick is in convincing the world we still owe him over a hundred mill.

    How long has he had his Sports Direct logo and advertising plastered all over the Stadium, and for how long was the ground called Sports Direct Arena and how many players has he bought in on the cheap on lower wages.

    His fiscal prudence goes on and on and he must be well ahead by now, despite what he’d have you believe.

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  • 89Norcal

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #25

    It’s ok though jimmysmith, because Wonga, being the noble company they are, are doing away with the Sports Direct banners.

    http://www.thefootballnetwork.net/main/newcastle-united/s70/st182309/wonga-remove-sports-direct-monstrosity

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #26

    I’m off to bed now, but how about people read the accounts before they make judgements on the finances of our club…

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  • Spoof

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #27

    TDS
    Mike Ashley owns Newcastle football club, the club itself does not have any outstanding debts to any bank, any money owed by Mike Ashley’s Newcastle United business is owed only to Mike Ashley, how much do Sports Direct owe Mike Ashley ?, has that question ever been asked, and assuming the answer is nothing because he owns it, then why does he have a different outlook on us, why does he not incorporate us into his business empire, why are we cast adrift and put into a position where we will always owe him ?

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  • 09nufc09

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #28

    Newcastle brown alien… When carroll was sold he was on 30k and we recieved 35 mil, out of them players youve listed I would say atleast nine of them are on more than 30k so where do you think that money comes from?
    On ashley taking money out the club… When he made the interest free loan he said he didnt want the money back until the club was sold, the money he took out was from the money he lent us when we got relegated and we kept all our players to get promoted straight back. 30mil i think it was to keep the likes of barton, nolan, colo, enrique, gutierrez and smith all on massive wages.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #29

    and more importatnly, why do us fans back and support him when he is doing this

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #30

    yeah, I!d like to know the full story behind that little arrangement.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #31

    TDS
    if you read the accounts yourself you will see that our debt is now larger than what it was before Mike Ashley took over, the claim is that the growth of debt is reducing, but it is or was reducing until this year, but the debt has increased, so, as you yourself stated, why don’t people read the accounts before they comment.

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  • 09nufc09

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #32

    Spoof… The reason the debt is bigger is because the club dont need to pay itback until the club is sold, and he bank rolled the club getting relegated(this is the only money he wants back) until the club is sold.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #33

    Well it does seem a moot point as he only gets back what he can sell it for, but he’s clawed back a whack as far as I can tell and yet this nebulous debt remains.

    That’s purely a tax dodge surely.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 13, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #34

    09
    we were still losing money up until the last accounts were issued, that includes relegation/promotion and a 12th place finish, a year gone April it was announced that we had only lost about £3.5m, a minor amount, however we were still losing, and if that man left today he would be leaving us with a bigger debt than what we had when he joined, and that is visable for all to see, so why are we defending him ?

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  • Spoof

    Jun 13, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #35

    09
    there is a saying “you can fool all the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all of the time”, which category do you come under, before you decide, look at the accounts m8, they will tell you a different story to this accounts success which we are being fed.
    We are no better off, all we have now is a fan base who accept second best, because we know that that is the best we will ever get.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 13, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #36

    If he sold up the debt would disappear. Although the genius, might somehow manage to sell and maneuver the said ‘debt’ to some other shifty operator. Hey, but that’s just business, always thought that defense stunk to high heaven, right off the bat.

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  • 09nufc09

    Jun 13, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #37

    From a club statement…
    In relation to recent media speculation following the statement made by the Club on May 9, Newcastle United would like to make it clear that owner Mike Ashley is not looking for his interest free loan to be repaid, or to take any money out of the Club.

    We owe nothing to the banks and pay for players upfront so never will, if someone buys the club it will cost 244 mil but wil have no debt.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 13, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #38

    Look, Ashley is wringing the F@ck out of the club, and now that he’s effectively recouped, watch him kick on, and the team I guess with it, but there is still some grubbiness attached.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 13, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #39

    09@28
    the money to pay wages comes from the same plave as other clubs who have a smaller turn over than us, so bearing in mind Sunderland have a smaller turnover how do you explain this, especially when they have a larger net outlay to assemble their squad

    http://www.newcastleunited-mad.co.uk/news/tmnw/mackems_pay_better_wages_than_newcastle_797502/index.shtml?

    @37
    we owe nothing and has already been disgussed, we are not now losing money, so what will happen to the sky and wonga cash, the £244m which you mention could to a cynic person read as being £144m, which he paid for the plus the £100m loan he gave us, but that would be cynical, so will the sky and wonga cash reduce the asking price ?

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  • Spoof

    Jun 13, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #40

    09
    and can you really trust anything that he tells us, afterall, Kevin Keegan proved to the world that he is a liar, and that was in a court of law !

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