With Mike Ashley’s strategy at Newcastle United, he was never going to allow £12.5m to be spent on Yohan Cabaye this summer.

This despite receiving close to twice that figure only 18 months ago.

Instead, the former Newcastle midfielder who turns 30 in January, has rocked up at Crystal Palace and being reunited with Alan Pardew.

However, in an interview with The Mail, Newcastle continue to be very much in Yohan Cabaye’s thoughts.

“It is hard for me to describe that club, Newcastle, for me, should be one of the best in the country.

“They have got the stadium, training ground, fans.”

Mike Ashley:

“They have everything you need but sometimes they did things I cannot understand.

“Maybe it is the owner’s (Ashley) mentality, I don’t know, but it is a shame for me because Newcastle has to be one of the biggest teams in the country. I loved the club.”

Leaving and Alan Pardew (NUFC lost 11 of the 15 remaining, including 3-0 to Sunderland on 1 Feb 2014 straight after Cabaye left on 29 Jan 2014):

“It started soon (fans increasingly giving Pardew stick) after I had gone, three days after (Cabaye left) it was the derby (3-0 defeat at home to Sunderland) and the fans were mad and wanted to blame someone, they got on the manager.

“For me, it wasn’t fair for him.”

Joe Kinnear:

“I am just happy that it made people happy (Kinnear interview when he called him Yohan Kebab).

“I only ever saw him a few months later when I left for Paris Saint-Germain. That was the only time. He didn’t apologise but that was OK. I was not mad – it was funny for me.”

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“I had six cups in a year and a half. My life in Paris was great, you can do something new (ED: Well he had plenty time when he hardly ever played…) every week.

“Next summer is very important to me, the European Championship is in France and I am French. I want to be in the squad and to do that I need to be on the pitch.

Alan Pardew:

“People say they are surprised I came (to Palace), but I was very happy when he (Pardew) called. I want to grow as a player and from talking to the manager and the owner it was exciting – that message is important to me too.

“It helps a lot that I know the manager. He is not different at all to before – he always wants to win. He is a person who is very close to his players and I can talk about everything with him.’