Alan Pardew is doing his very best to try to convince Newcastle star midfielder Yohan Cabaye that his future lies on Tyneside.
Yohan Cabaye – we did well to keep this player in August
Yohan is the top player at Newcastle at the moment, and Newcastle’s play revolves around his play-making capabilities to a large extent, and he’s also playing extremely well for the Magpies.
Arsenal were after Yohan last summer, but wouldn’t pay the £20M Newcastle were asking – and they eventually forked out a massive £43M for 24 year-old German International Mezut Ozil.
This is what Alan Pardew said in his press conference for tomorrow’s huge game at home to Arsenal:
“It’s not strange Arsenal were interested in Yohan but in the end they went with Ozil.” “That’s been particularly good business for them.”
“But I think the better piece of business was us keeping Yohan Cabaye. I’m only focused on my players.”
“The Sun put £22M valuation on him.” “I don’t know what the Telegraph’s price is, or the Times’ price is, but it isn’t our price.”
“We don’t want to sell him, of course we don’t.” “He is the main man here and he has the platform to be the main man at a big club and you don’t get always get that.”
The other club said to be interested in signing Yohan in January are Paris Saint-Germain, who have plenty of money these days because of the Qatari owners, and could even meet Newcastle’s price for the player, and th Paris club are currently at the top of the French League.
Former France manager Laurent Blanc is a big fan of Cabaye, and it would not be surprising if Newcastle see a bid come in for Yohan in January from PSG, who Laurent now manages.
We’ll just have to wait and see, but the window opens next Wednesday, and Laurent said a few times last summer that he wanted to sign the Newcastle midfielder.
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