It turns out that last August when Yohan Cabaye went on strike to try to force a move through to Arsenal, Newcastle agreed that if a big bid came in for him during the January transfer window, they would let him go.
Yohan Cabaye – an agreement with Newcastle
And another bid came in this month, this time a big one, and we let him go and Yohan Cabaye has thanked the club for that.
That’s also why Alan Pardew had said Newcastle were honorable with Cabaye – they kept their word – and that reflects well on Newcastle.
This is what Yohan said yesterday in Paris, when he was unveiled as a new PSG player:
“Last summer I wasn’t able to leave but then there was another opportunity this winter and they respected the agreement we had,” “So I’d like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to them.
“It’s true that there was an offer from Arsenal over the summer that was rejected, and then the discussions stopped. There was interest there because they made Newcastle an offer for me, but Newcastle decided not to accept it.”
“That was their choice, and at the start it was hard to take, but looking back on things and considering how we played in the subsequent six months, it was the right choice.”
Of course PSG would have known of the agreement, and known that if the offer was big enough then Newcastle had promised the French International they would let him go.
And maybe it was even the right thing to do after all, to let him go in January – juts in case he excised that option in the summer to buy out the remaining two years of his contract, which would have been only £6M.
We at least got a lot more for him this month – but now we need Joe Kinnear to bring in a replacement for the Frenchman by tomorrow night.
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