Yohan Cabaye is still not getting much playing time at PSG, and the French International is not a starter at the Paris club,which is packed with midfield talent, and he has played only three times in the French League so far this season.
Yohan Cabaye – not playing much in Paris
The 28 year-old Frenchman was a great player for us while at Newcastle, and one of the reasons Newcastle have slumped this year is that we lost the midfield general in January, and have not replaced him.
But the midfielder wanted to join PSG and even Arsenal before that, as Yohan wanted to play in the Champions League, and with Newcastle having limited ambitions these days under thrifty owner Mike Ashley, it’s hard to blame Yohan for that.
Cabaye is reported to be unhappy at his lot in Paris, although he’s still in the French squad and gets called up regularly by Didier Deschamps, and he’s in the squad to play friendlies against Portugal and Armenia during this International break.
The Euro 2016 is being hosted by France and therefore they automatically qualify.
Cabaye has been interviewed in L’Equipe:
“How do I live with being a holder with the Blues (French side) and only a substitute with the club? I must accept it but that does not mean I am resigned to it. In training, I try to show that I’m here and I want to play. Yes, I want to play! “
“I’m twenty-eight years old so I’m not starting out in the trade. I will not change my style of play now. Besides, I do not want to. I have, in fact been careful not to be forced by circumstances to change it”
“There is a risk that I would come to outwit and not attempt to cross – or a pass that will cut the lines. It is possible, but lately, I try not to ask myself these questions.”
Cabaye still plays internationally, but he misses the regular games he used to get at Newcastle and Lille before that, and of course he’s always very positive when talking about his two and a half years on Tyneside, which he loved.
This brings up the question as to whether Newcastle would ever try to get Yohan back to Newcastle.
But that’s got to be a long shot – well unless PSG would sell him back to us for around £10M – which is about half of what we got from PSG for him last January.
That’s the kind of deal Mike Ashley would go for – but there again if he’s not playing regularly at PSG, we could always try to bring him back on loan in January.
That would be great – however unlikely it may appear at the moment.
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