The Remy Cabella move from Montpellier to Newcastle continues to leave a bad taste in the mouths of those he left behind at the French club.
The owners (Laurent and Louis Nicollin) slated Newcastle in the lead up to the transfer, regarding their conduct.
Even the manager Rolland Courbis was dragged into it publicly at the time.
Even on the eve of the transfer last summer, the Montpellier boss felt compelled to refer to how Newcastle had acted, trying to get their star player on the cheap:
“Laurent and Louis (Nicollin, son and father, and owners of Montpellier) were right to say no to the first offer which was upsetting, but we are getting close, it is 90% completed, though not 100% yet.”
A year later and nothing appears to have changed in the outlook from those at Montpellier, the owners having repeated that they believe Remy Cabella made the wrong choice and now the club’s manager has had another go as well.
As reported by Get French football news, speaking to French Radio Station RMC the Montpellier manager Rolland Courbis has now had this to say, making clear he believes money was the big motivation for Remy Cabella:
“I said that I was not mad about Newcastle (as Cabella’s choice of club) but I sincerely hope with all my heart, because God knows I love this little boy, that he has a huge contract in terms of finance.
“From being with Montpellier and one of the 23 players that represented the France team (at the Brazil World Cup)…to going to playing only some of the games.”
“Scoring only one goal when he scored 15 (in a season) or so with Montpellier…I really hope he has some financial compensation.
“When he wakes up in the morning and he is happy to go and train at Newcastle, he will have to question himself.”
Starting only 21 Premier League matches last season with Newcastle, scoring only one goal and getting one assist, clearly the move hasn’t yet worked on the pitch.
Nowhere is this better illustrated than Remy Cabella going from being one of the big up and coming hopes breaking into the French squad, to now being totally ignored by Didier Deschamps. September 2014 was Cabella’s last involvement with the national team.
Turning 26 in the upcoming season and with a year’s Premier League experience behind him, hopefully next summer’s Euros in France will be an extra massive motivation (as well as cash…) for Remy Cabella to come good at Newcastle, assuming that he is still here of course…