In the same way that Lyon have complained to the French Professional Football League about Marseilles attempts to derail that Gomis transfer to Newcastle United, maybe Newcastle will have to protest some of Laurent Blanc’s rather unprofessional and uncalled for comments today about Yohan Cabaye.
Yohan Cabaye – in action this pre-season
It’s not the first time Blanc has openly talked about wanting Yohan Cabaye at PSG, and he has even had the cheek to say that Tottenham are also interested in the 27 year-old Newcastle central midfielder.
In early July Alan Pardew complained bitterly about Blanc doing his transfer business in the media, but then unfortunately in the same interview Pardew went on to say that Newcastle were after Remy, Gomis and Bent this summer.
Here’s what Laurent Blanc has said about Cabaye today:
“He is a very good player, I have not changed my mind.”I read that Tottenham are also interested.” “I hope he will be at a big club come September.”
It’s always bad when a club does their transfer business in public, and unfortunately that is what Newcastle have done this summer, and we hope that will change in the future.
Blanc’s comments are nothing less than a clear attempt to unsettle Cabaye at Newcastle, not to mention his insinuation that Newcastle are not a big club, even though we finished 5th last year in the Premier League – the best football league in the world.
Newcastle have every right to complain about the new PSG manager trying to unsettle one of the club’s very best players.
But Yohan Cabaye will cost £25M, so if Tottenham or PSG have that kind of money to dish out for Yohan, then we suppose Mike Ashley would let him leave, but if that happens Newcastle must bring in a suitable replacement.
Cabaye was an excellent Graham Carr capture from Lille two years ago, and he cost only €5M (£4.25M at today’s exchange rate), and since joining Newcastle he has been capped 23 times by his country and become a regular in the French side.
Yohan has improved immensely while at Newcastle, and in two season he’s played 73 times for the club with 11 goals and 11 assist, and he has also been linked with a possible move to Manchester United this summer.
But we would still be very surprised if Cabaye leaves Newcastle this summer.
What do you think?
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