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Managers Agree On Newcastle Midfielder

8 years ago
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The season started poorly for Yohan Cabaye but things appear to be looking up for the Frenchman.

Instead of acting in a professional manner when Arsenal showed an interest in him at the start of the season, Cabaye did all he could to engineer himself a move away from St James’ Park.

This did nothing to endear him to United’s fans or manager and, had Arsenal’s bid met with the Magpies’ valuation of their vice-captain, he would surely have completed the move to North London.

The rest of the story is widely known: Arsenal failed to up their original £10million bid for Cabaye and instead signed Mesut Ozil for a whopping £42.5million, leaving the Frenchman to attempt to make amends on Tyneside. That process has certainly been no overnight thing and is by no means complete; many fans still remember his refusal to play in the opening day defeat to Manchester City, but it cannot be denied that relations are most definitely on the mend.

Cabaye has not only returned to fitness in recent weeks, but also returned to form, both for United and the French national team, something both United manager Alan Pardew and French manager Didier Deschamps have been quick to praise.

When a player is trying to force a move, it’s difficult. Fortunately, me and Yohan have come through intact. He’s such an important player for us and such a talent in terms of being a technician on the ball,” said Pardew. While French manager Deschamps described the midfielder as a “class act,” following his performance for France against Australia, a game in which he scored the fourth in France’s 6-0 rout of the Socceroos.

After positive performances both for club and country, United’s fans must hope Cabaye carries this form into Saturday’s clash with Liverpool; the first in a string of very tough fixtures for the Magpies.

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