Blanc – I Hope Cabaye Will Be At A Big Club Come September


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.

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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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221 comments so far

  • clinath@ed

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Bloody Hell Ed….I’m trying to have a conversation here mate!

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  • Rainrix

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Ooooo just had to stick the knife in at the end there blanc didn’t you?

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  • cyprus

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #3

    The fitness guru is still fit though 🙂

    On Jonas and others always playing. AP has to rotate the team so that there are like 18 ‘first-teamers’. Crap players in the first half should be substituted, with one – Shola? 😉 sorry Indian, that’s for you, I know you are reading 🙂 for the last 10 min.

    Lil,
    I think it’s more of a ‘flexible’ 4-3-3 at Spurs, but I see your point.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #4

    who cares…very inconsistent for us during his time here.

    If a big offer comes all the best and move on.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Hey……blanc……….fcuk you!

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  • cyprus

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #6

    25 mil?? Done! But bring in three 8 mil players…

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  • Brutooon

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #7

    its the world cup year,

    if we are still relegation battler by dec, he will move by jan

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  • Spellcheck

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #8

    What a T**t

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #9

    Clinath,
    Ha, I won’t tell a soul! 😉

    Yeah, Tiote can’t play that style. That for me was one of the reasons he was so poor last season, he was trying to do too much and change his game. He should break up play, and play the simple pass. He is outstanding at that, and has a superb pass completion record despite his poor season because of it.

    Discipline wise, I think people overstate it. Less yellows (only 7) than Cabaye last year, and just the 1 red. That isn’t a bad record for a tough tackling DM.

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #10

    cabaye is our goalscoring midfielder and he should be getting 10 goals per season !

    sissoko/anita are more than capable of replacing him but we will lose that extra few goals a season imo but saying that i’ll tempt a hammering and say if its goals then gosling ^^

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  • Rainrix

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #11

    Sage…. But you have to ask would Jk be able to bring in replacements within the window if we did sell cabaye? Even if we got say £25mil from cabs to invest with players i imagine we’d still be haggling over agents fee’s and odd 500ks for god knows how long.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Fine Monsieur Blanc, you can have him. We will take Menez Sakho and Rabiot plus a few million.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #13

    For me Cabs is a bit like Benny
    On his day he’s simply fantastic but those days are few and far between, although he has had a bit on mind

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #14

    Cyprus,
    Just to be clear, I have no problem with a formation using wingers. I just don’t see the point in Pards using wingers when we don’t have any out and out wingers that are Prem class available to pick.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #15

    So every club owned by a billionaire is a big club.

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  • clinath@ed

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #17

    If we play TIOTE only when a “disruptive player” is required against a particular team, then he can let his hair down and do his thing. Yellow cards wont be as worrying, or a disruptive even the odd RED!!

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  • JAMSHA

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #18

    lol 25mil ????? fk u 50 mil.or fk off

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  • G.unit

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #19

    Here is the full article from the Laurent Blanc interview: –

    http://espnfc.com/news/story/_/id/1516618/paris-saint-germain-boss-laurent-blanc-rules-move-newcastle-yohan-cabaye?cc=5739

    In no way is he saying that Newcastle are not a big club!! Selective editing by someone!!!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #20

    tads

    totally agree…good comparison there.

    rainrix

    not too sure, doubt it but we have a lot of CM players anyway….sissoko, tiote, anita, bigi, marv…plenty cover

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  • Slank

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #21

    “I hope he will be at a big club come September.”

    Yes, that big club is Newcastle United.

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  • roe997

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #22

    Psg are not a big club.dick

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #23

    indian

    for me a big club is man utd, liverpool, arsenal, madrid, juventus, barca, milan, inter…etc etc

    A big club must have a great history, a period of dominance in their respective league and also some european experience/trophies too.

    People seem to confuse the term big club and competitive club these days…city, chelsea, anzhi etc are competitive as they have the money but they dont have the rich history of man utd, liverpool, madrid.

    Still big compared to some clubs and they may be 10/20 years down the line but currently i dont count them as big clubs.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #24

    IM…it seem so in some peoples eyes!

    BUT who cares about Blanc or PSG. If they want Cabs then pay up or shot up (they are starting to sound like Barcelona when ever they want a player but don’t want to pay up)

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  • wynsleap

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #25

    Blanc is obviously a disrespectful idiot and if Cabaye was genuine in his affection for the club he should publicly put him in his place.
    Does Blanc know the fabulous history of this club and the fact that it has a bigger average attendance than either PSG or Spurs?
    Grow up Blanc – you’re making yourself look stupid, childish and pretty ignorant.
    (Having said all that it doesn’t stop me agreeing with the posters on here who would be happy to replace the disappointing French midfielder with three cracking signings if we could get around £25m for him)

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  • jimBOB

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #26

    He has already stated he is quite happy at the toon…….Blanc needs to pipe down. Kinnear will actually swim the channel to smash him up, apparently he has swam it before………there and back.

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  • Rainrix

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #27

    Sage…. Plenty of players at CM for sure, but truly creative CMs we lack. Sissoko anita bigi and tiote dont have that ability to unlock defences like cabaye does. Marveaux does have that ability but is a tad inconsistent (no less than cabaye though really) and i get the impression pardew doesn’t really favour him. Vuckic could probably do a job but he’s a man of glass as we know.

    I reckon we need a actual no 10 now as we are, considering the amount of chances we dont create. If cabs went we’d need one even more.

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  • Scottiedog

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #28

    Benny & Cabaye out – Sinclair & Ince in!!

    From what I have heard from the reports over the last few pre season games Gosling has wiped them off oh the field!! Do Benny & Cabaye actually care or want to fight??

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #29

    So what Blanc actually says is “I hope he will STILL be at a big club in September”

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #30

    People will probably take a hissy fit to this bit…

    Newcastle are not a big club. Won nowt in decades. We do not attract world class managers. We struggle to get really big name players in. We are not attracting the positive media coverage that we used to.

    I know people will cite tje passionate fan base and the fact we hover around 20th in the richest clib table, but really it takes more than that to be a big club these days. We were once… we could be again. But we are not at the moment

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #31

    Just Read comments

    So tottenham are a big club!

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  • G.unit

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #32

    Crikey, I think people should read the FULL article before calling him every name under the sea.

    Anyhow, beats the constant Pardew bashing for at least 10 Minutes.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #33

    Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has lodged a complaint to the French Professional Football League after seeing Marseille potentially scupper a deal with Newcastle for the sale of Bafetimbi Gomis. The French PFL have since released a statement.
    Mr Aulas says that during negotiations between the representatives of Bafetimbi Gomis and Newcastle, Olympique de Marseille intervened to make contact with the player and his agents without warning Lyon. As a result, if the negotiations with Newcastle should collapse, it would be Marseille’s fault.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #34

    Cabs can go we will have Ibrahimovic and Verrati done deal 😀

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #35

    I was going to agree with comment # 30 until i realised who had made it.

    NUFC are not a big club, yes potential is there but neither are PSG. looking at the basics of a club only.

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  • dan5679

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #36

    should be looking to sign players like this instead of wasting money on high wages and transfer fees on old players ..his name is Iker Muniain Goñi i think he will end up at one of the top 4 teams in a few years

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #37

    rainrix

    we would create more than enough if we played as a team and not 11 individuals…no link up play, everyone too rigid, sit too deep.

    the team is poorly managed and can’t see it changing anytime soon…would love pardew to surprise me but from pre season i cant see our style improving at all.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #38

    I think as much as there is respect for our great club NUFC in France, I also believe there is an element of jealousy and animosity towards us in France also. Not only Blanc but can anyone remember the nasty comments from the Montpellier hierarchy not so long ago in regards to Mbiwa? Some believe that we are not a big enough club for these players which stinks of arrogance. Maybe a closer look in the mirror is required by Blanc as after all, he did bugger all for France and ultimately failed. He is now manager of Psg so therefore feels superior. Psg are what they are for 2 reasons, one is because they play in a poor league hence the reason they qualify for CL on most occasions and secondly, they are backed with unlimited funds. Blanc needs reminded that a truly great manager wins silverware at a mediocre club with very little funds. Mr Blanc, get off your high horse you arrogant pit sniffing garlic munching plank. Rant over my apologies. HWTL.n

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  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #39

    we’re in a good position with cabaye, i dont think he suits our league, he’s very petulant at times. He is not worth 25 million from last seasons showing and because he is in his prime age bracket now so his value wont get much higher.

    I dont hope he leaves because he is a good player, although i will understand if he does go, and i think all parties will benefit from the transfer.

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  • Le tooooon

    Aug 8, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #40

    Sneaky editing. He actually says “I also read that Tottenham are interested in him. Newcastle, Tottenham, or Paris — I hope that he’ll still be at a big club in September.”

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