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Farewell to Cabaye

I cannot tell you how disappointed I was when I found out Yohan Cabaye was signing for French giants, Paris Saint Germain (PSG). He was truly a wonderful player. His vision, passing, accuracy, work-rate, and his all round game play is brilliant. I really wanted him to stay in the Premier League as he was one player who always performed for Newcastle, writes David Rusk.

Cabaye joined Newcastle from Lille in 2011. He cost Newcastle £4.3million. They have now made a healthy profit from selling him to PSG for a fee believed to be in the region of £20million. Throughout his time at Newcastle Cabaye was always the first name on the team-sheet. Cabaye now leaves Newcastle on good terms. He did not leave for another Premier League rival, unfortunately for us! Instead he opted to move home. You cannot blame him for leaving as Newcastle couldn’t offer him the Champions League football he was so desperate to play. A statement from Newcastle read: “Newcastle United have benefited significantly from Yohan’s talents since his arrival from Lille in the summer of 2011, and the player has likewise benefited, developing hugely during his time on Tyneside. The club wanted to keep him but the lure of Champions League football and the prospect of being involved in the sporting project at PSG was an opportunity that Yohan made very clear to us he wanted to take. Yohan leaves the club with our best wishes for his future at PSG and, hopefully, as part of the French national squad for this summer’s World Cup.”

This was nice to hear from Newcastle who really did benefit massively from Cabaye’s services. A big thanks must be given to Graham Carr, Newcastle’s head scout. He found some terrific players such as Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, and Cheick Tiote. He is also comedian Alan Carr’s father. He was rewarded with a huge eight-year contract for his superb work in June 2012.

I think Cabaye will play a pivotal role in the centre of midfield for both PSG and the French national team, who will be playing in this summers world cup. His fantastic passing should help out Ribery and the French crew when Brazil 2014 comes around.

This season Cabaye has been in super form for Newcastle scoring seven goals in nineteen games. He also scored for France in friendly against Australia. He scored a set-piece in that game. He is truly a free-kick master and he will have some stern competition in PSG over who will take the free kicks. This is due to the tremendous level of talent they already possess at the club. Hopefully he will convey his true class to Ligue 1.

David Rusk, Pundit Arena

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