Cabaye Says A Big Thank You To Newcastle

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.

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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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24 comments so far

  • Edd Case

    Jan 30, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Well, all the best Mr Cabaye.

    Now,…Mr Kinnear, who are you bringing in to replace Mr Cabaye?

    Mr Grenier would be nice…

    2 days of window left…

    Been here before, have we not?

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 30, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #2

    catchy in norway // Jan 30, 2014 at 7:52 AM


    and many others who think the same way as you

    ok I get it, your not a fan of pardew,


    you are so wrong if you think JFK and Mashley are putting up blocks and restrictions for pardew

    if you look at the big picture like you suggest, I would say mashley gets more right than pardew does

    I am in no way a fan of mashley, but the squad we have has nothing to do with pardew, that’s all done by a team within nufc, mashey funds that team and gives the green llight,

    once the players are here, only one guy is in charge of the training, match day teams, and subs,
    any of those 3 are sub standard for any premiership club let alone nufc,

    people poit to this season as an improvement, but I would like to see where,

    the season we finished 5th at this stage
    pl 23
    GF 32
    GA 28

    pl 23
    GF 32
    GA 30

    so stats tell us we are 2 goals against better off


    then , it was mainly long ball to BA

    this season is more pretty, but all we do is pass the ball sideways, then shoot from 30 yards,

    long ball and shooting from distance is almost the same thing,

    when pardew gets the team playing football in the final 3rd, then he has progressed the team, until then he is doing nothing you or I couldn’t do

    free kicks, = long ball to Williamson
    corner kicks = the same as above
    subs = defensive ones almost every game,

    yet this IMO is a good squad, and should be challenging for top 4 place, we have shown we can compete with the top 4 on the pitch, and no im not saying we are as good as MC or CH,, but the rest we can

    pardew is a barny bodge it type of guy, give him all the tools he needs to build a nice straight square house, and you will get a round house where the walls are all out

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 30, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Knowing he was going would it have been too much to bring in LDJ a month earlier.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 30, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #4

    How many times have I heard people say “well we bought Cisse in January when we were fifth” that is simply because he was valued at 9M a few months earlier and Mikey thought he’d fetch 18/20M two/ two and a half seasons later, they were never really after Gomis and even at 3M he won’t be worth much more in two or three years time, bills argument of we haven’t really sold anyone is going to disappear fast as now Mikeys plans are coming in to fruition.

  • shanghai fan

    Jan 30, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Good luck Yohan – thanks for the great goals, performances, persuading the other french players to come and for helping to get us a great return on your fee. Hopefully see you in the champions league soon!

  • pawl250

    Jan 30, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Reports coming out Clement Gernier does not want to join us and would like to finish the season with Lyon!

    Hoping not true but would be typical of Newcastle.

    Think the Jonas loan may be looked as a deal made a little too hasty.

    For Mackems I would go

    ———————– Krul
    Debuchy – Williamson – Mbiwa – Santon
    ——— Sissoko – Tiote – Anita
    Ben Arfa ————————– Gouffran
    ——————— De Jong

    Of course depends who is fit. I mean Cisse would be my first choice he needs games and confidence imagine what a goal against Sunderland would do to him!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 30, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Unlucky mate, that fortunate draw last night kept Fat Sam in a job, you’ll have to wait till he slips up again we might get him in timr for the top ten push.

  • GeordieDan

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #8

    Cabaye says a big thank you to Newcastke???

    Not for the fantastic support we gave him, not for helping him establish himself in the French National team (he went from 1 cap to 26 caps while with us), not for forgiving him for being a huffy little mercenary **** last Summer.

    But he does want to say a big thanks for us letting him go!

    Sorry but Cabaye’s always beena bit of a ****. I’m glad we got £20millipn for him. Good riddance to someone who couldnt gice a toss about us tbh.

  • pawl250

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Current squad


    R Taylor
    S Taylor

    Ben Arfa

    Luuk De Jong

    With Gosling, Shola out of contract in summer. And Remy and Luuk on loan.

    We need some players in!

    The squad looks severly limp without Cabaye and Jonas, and the fact we all know Remy and De Jong are loans.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #10

    A team with serious ambitions for top four would not sell their best player without one single trsnsfer to replace him, have you seen the business Everton done in the summer knowing Fellani might go, we have had to sell Cabaye to bring in a loan striker.

  • pawl250

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #11

    Could be we have Cisse as the only striker come start of next season!


  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Bet Big Mike is glad these players aren’t available….another great reason not to spend.

  • Siddik

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Well , the team is based on one player . We have seen so many times .legands leave . Newcastle fans are so emotional and die for their players but same should be for player pulling that black and white jersy .

  • Iain Dowie

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #14

    We have played well most of the season and people are still moaning about the way pardew has us playing. Support the team and stop being deluded about where we should be in the table.

    Regarding next season we are going to have a massive problem with our striking options. Remy will go back to QPR, Cisse will probably be away, as will ameobi and Delong. So that leaves us with no strikers. Now will mike Ashely finance us at least three strikers, a centre back to replace colo, a midfielder to replace cabay if he isn’t replaced in this window. And maybe a even a left winger which we are desperate for as well. Probably no, so just enjoy this season because only god knows what team we will be fielding next summer.

  • Siddik

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #15

    I mean not based on one player

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #16

    All the good of bedding five players in has been undone as five firdt team players have been moved on.


    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #17

    Lee Ryder @lee_ryder 12m
    Jean Michel Aulas told French media
    this morning he has rejected two offers
    for Clement Grenier #nufc #lyon

    thats it.. move on…

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #18

    Why does everyone think Pardew may go to West Ham? He isn’t exactly popular with their fans following his last spell, and there is the small matter of having to pay off Fat Sam (the 13th highest paid manager in the world) and then buy out Pardew’s contract here….

    A much more likely candidate is surely the unemployed Malky Mackay who was a fans favourite when he was a player there, plays the type of football that the fans want to see, and wouldn’t cost a penny to approach.

  • pawl250

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #19

    Our strongest 11 has to be

    ————————- Krul
    Debuchy – Williamson – Mbiwa – Santon
    —– Sissoko ——- Tiote ——- Anita
    Gouffran ——— De Jong ——– Remy

    Elliot, Coloccini, Bigirmana, Haidara, Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Cisse

    I have to say Jonas and Cabaye would have made that team/subs and only De Jong in made it harder to pick the final couple subs.

  • petey

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #20

    Yea geordiedan isn’t wrong… Although can’t fault his dedication on the pitch. And I know it doesn’t work this way but if he really cared he would have pushed to wait until the summer to leave. Not half way through when we are not far off Europe league.

  • theartfuldodger

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #21

    So nothing new today. No bids made.

    Looks like in this whole wide world there is only 1 god damn player who can replace cabaye.
    And ofcourse after flogging jonas,cabaye and perhaps marveaux obertan and gosling later on, we still dont have room in our squad for 1 signing now and grenier and cabella in summer.

  • runheed

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #22

    Oh ffs… Newcastle United are the luckiest organisation on the planet. They have an entire nation that wraps itself around the ‘team’ as an expression of its identity….. how can you not make money out of that if you are a fat capitalist bas,%^#rd. more fool us… All we crave is a little bit of entertainment … Is that too much to ask…. Answer that yourselves

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #23


    you can be a total prick sometimes

    when have I ever said I want fat sam ???

    and just because it suits your argument to say the club i,e mashley don’t want top 4, does not mean the manager can not get the best out of what he has at his disposal ,

    and listen, I do not like Ashley as much as you, and I do see the problem is with him, he hired pardew, im asking for pardew to use his squad right, or get someone who can

    10 million to replace pardew or 300 million to replace Ashley, which is more easy ?

    now good morning pri**

  • bobby mango

    Jan 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #24

    This doesn’t read like a big thank you to me. Despite those actual words.

    Instead of saying anything about the fans, club or city he just mentions his disappointed at not being able to join arsenal.


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