Laurent Blanc formed a good relationship with Yohan Cabaye while he was the French manager, and it was Blanc who gave Cabaye his full French debut in the friendly match against Norway in August of 2010, after France’s disastrous World Cup in South Africa, when they didn’t even reach the knock-out rounds.
Yohan Cabaye – PSG still keen on Newcastle midfielder
Since that time Cabaye has become a mainstay in the France side, and last summer the Newcastle player was one of their best players during the European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine.
So it’s hardly surprising when Laurent was appointed PSG manager on June 25th to replace Carlo Ancelotti, who left to manager Real Madrid, that he talked about Cabaye being his top target for the summer.
Yohan Cabaye now has 22 caps and one goal for France, and all his caps have come in the short two years he’s been at Newcastle, and while Yohan suffered a lapse in form in the final few months of last season, he’s still a very good player and has improved a lot while at Newcastle.
And of course Blanc is still asked about Cabaye, and he had this to say:
“He can play in several different positions.” “Yohan is a very interesting player.”
Monaco are the other rich French club who have expressed an interest in Cabaye, and their CEO Vadim Vasilyev recently described the Newcastle midfielder as “an exciting player.”
Yohan will be back on Tyneside next week to begin pre-season training with manager Alan Pardew, and while he was supposed to be upset bu Joe Kinnear calling him Yohan Kebab in that infamous and embarrassing talkSPORT interview, we wonder if that’s really true.
Maybe he now realizes that our new Director of Football keeps putting his foot in his mouth – almost every time he opens it – and that it wasn’t personal.
But it’s fairly simple where Yohan’s future lies – and if either PSG or Monaco bid £25M in cash up front, he will return to the French first division, and for Cabaye that will be a step down in class from the Premier League.
And Yohan would do well to look at his phenomenal progress while he’s been at Newcastle, and stay here and help Newcastle fight for a top six or top eight position next season in the Premier League.
That’s what we need right now, and if we can just keep our best players this summer, our squad is still a strong one.
At a minimum we need two good strikers brought in to help Papiss Cisse with the goal-scoring duties, and we should be in decent shape for the new season.
With captain Fabricio Coloccini staying at the club, and with new French recruits in Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara – our defense should be much stronger next season.
It’s just a little frustrating that we seem to keep missing out on our transfer targets, because we will not spend the money necessary to bring top players to the club.
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