One of Newcastle’s top targets this summer is Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella, who will almost certainly leave the French club this summer, but it’s not certain he will leave to join Newcastle United, even though there has been news over the last few weeks that the Tyneside club are already in negotiations with Montpellier for the player.
Remy Cabella – some top clubs after him
The player himself has said he is still undecided, and top French club Marseilles are one of the club interested in the right footed midfielder.
Newcastle were after Cabella in January, but for a number of reasons, including the player wanting to help out his club in their relegation battle. Newcastle were unable to get the deal done, and in early February Director of Football Joe Kinnear was fired – maybe because of that.
This is what Cabella has recently said and he even mentions Marseilles:
“Now I know 90% this is my last season at Montpellier. If a club make a proposal which interests me, Montpellier will let me go.”
“I ask myself from time to time ‘is it good to go abroad now to discover something else or is it better to stay in France?’” “I’ve always said the big clubs’ interest me – Olympic Marseilles are one.”
“Rolland Courbis (he’s the Montpellier manager) told me to finish the season, to focus and wait for the end of the season, to see if there are possibilities.”
“I focus first on my games, then we’ll see what happens, but Olympic Marseilles are a big club.”
And since Newcastle failed to tie up Cabella in January, some big clubs have expressed an interest in the player, and as well as Marseilles they include Manchester United, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan.
And if the news is true, then it could be very difficult for Newcastle to entice the player to Tyneside, especially when we cannot offer players any European football.
And that’s one of the potential problems in the summer that former captain Bobby Moncur mentioned earlier this week – some of our top targets may not want to come to Newcastle.
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but we assume new Managing Director Lee Charnley is hard at work right now, trying to recruit good players for Newcastle.
Remy Cabella has been at Montpellier since 2004, and he’s played 104 times with 24 goals and 17 assists for the French club, and 17 times with four goals for the French U21 side.
He’s a very good player.
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