What Yohan Cabaye Didn’t Say About Joining PSG

We had a report out just over a week ago, about how Yohan Cabaye was not getting much playing time at PSG, and at that time he had started just one game and was averaging just 30 minutes a game in his six appearances for the Paris club.

yohan cabaye upright psg

Yohan Cabaye at PSG

But Cabaye has told the French press he absolutely doesn’t regret leaving Newcastle United for the rich PSG club, which was bought by a group of Qatar investors almost three years ago, and then became a big club.

This is what 28 year-old Cabaye told RTL:

“I want to focus on the positive aspects, they are a great club and I am training with great players.”

“I’ve gone from a situation such as it was at Newcastle, where I was an automatic starter, to one in which I do not know when I will be able to play.”

“But I absolutely do not regret my choice.”  “I’ve come here to win and to climb the hierarchy.”

Cabaye’s only full game for PSG was the game against Valenciennes on Valentines Day, and PSG won that game 3-0.

But you would hardly expect Yohan to say he had made a mistake after pushing for the move from Newcastle last August to Arsenal and then in January to PSG.

You wouldn’t really have expected something like this from Yohan:

“Yes I understand now it was a huge mistake to leave Newcastle United – who are a great club.”

“But I’ve made the mistake, and I now have to somehow deal with it – but I just loved my time on Tyneside – loved it.”

“And it was so good to start every single game I scored 5 goals in my last 7 appearances, as I recall.”

That’s not what he said – and  we wouldn’t expect him to say he had made a mistake – even if he’s now thinking that.

But it also always takes time to settle at a new club with a different playing style – to be fair to Yohan – and he has now made 7 appearances for PSG with one goal and two assists.

We wonder if  next year at this time Loic Remy will be warming the bench at Arsenal?

Just a thought.

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 10, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s only a mistake if he doesn’t rise to the challenge, and even then a mistake worth making at 28. PSG are really operating at another level and Cabaye does look capable whereas Newcastle aren’t gonna be close to that level in the scope of his peak years. Good luck to him. Great player for us and a true moneymaker as well.

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 10, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #2

    That Lazio fan base is truly incredible, filling the 80 000 seat Olympico Stadium just to protest against the chairman. Then not turning up at all for the next match to re emphasize their general disgust.

    How did they manage that. “The black hand” and the Ultras standing over the sheep, or genuine solidarity? Extraordinary!

  • Sazzer

    Mar 10, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #3

    I did some research I don’t see a pattern that we are waiting to get player off the books before we buy. Deals tend to drag on for other reasons.
    For example we signed Cabaye on June 10 and sold Nolan on June16 June.
    Debuchy came early January but Simmo stayed until June.
    Mbiwa was signed in January and Perch was kept on until the Summer.
    Ben-arfa was loan late August but signed on January 5.
    Tiote and Anita signed late August.
    Youngsters like Good was done early.

    So seem to be other factors at play.


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