Montpellier Chairman Lou Nicollin has been talking again, but he hasn’t criticized Newcastle, well it looks like he hasn’t, as he has again talked about his top midfielder Remy Cabella, who Newcastle tried to sign in January but were unsuccessful.
Remy Cabella - can move in the summer
There seemed at least a couple of reasons Cabella did not move earlier this year, one was that Montpellier were threatened by relegation and he wanted to stay to help them out, and at the moment Montpellier are fairly safe in 13th place in the league table.
The second reason was the Montpellier Chairman did not want to pay taxes to the French government for selling him in January, and preferred to wait until the next financial year, which starts on July 1st.
But Nicollin does not like Newcastle United, and he has bad-mouthed the club several times this year already in our pursuit of Cabella.
This is what Nicollin has told the French press:
“When I give my word to someone I respect it. He was promised that if there was an ambitious club interested, we’d let him go,”
“Unless there is something catastrophic in the last ten games, I think a club will come in for him.”
It all depends on what Nicollin means by an ambitious club, and we suppose there’s a chance that does not include Newcastle.
But if we want to get 24 year-old Cabella this summer we’ll have competition from a number of clubs, and they may include Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham – and Marseilles were linked with him earlier in the week.
Nicollin has advised Cabella not to go to Newcastle, just like he did with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, when we signed the Montpelier captain last year.
It remains to be seen if Newcastle are ambitious enough to persuade Remy Cabella to move to Newcastle this summer.
What do you think?