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French Coach Belittles Newcastle United

8 years ago
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Following Spain’s Coach, Vincente Del Bosque, lavishing praise on Yohan Cabaye, comparing him favourably to Xavi Hernandez. French coach Didier Deschamps has seemingly gone out of his way to stick the knife into Newcastle United.

Deschamps;

“One of my favourite sayings is ‘national team is above everything, you can play at the greatest clubs but there is nothing stronger than winning with the shirt of your country’.

I can give you an example – Yohan Cabaye. He didn’t change his status because he joined Newcastle, it is because he has been called into the French team and he has matched expectation. Nowadays no one could imagine the French team without him but why?

You really believe people look very closely at his performances with Newcastle? No, he got his status with Les Bleus, thanks to his good work for the French team”.

I think I’m beginning to understand a bit better why Hatem Ben Arfa kicked off so much with Deschamps when they were both at Marseille!

Cabaye actually only played four times for France before arriving at Newcastle and he will be getting his nineteenth cap against Spain tonight, it doesn’t seem to have done Newcastle United OR Yohan Cabaye any harm.

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