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Exclusive: Truth Of The Yohan Cabaye Transfer Interview

10 years ago

The story that has dominated Newcastle United headlines today is ‘Yohan Cabaye Transfer At End Of Season’, allegedly in the chase for Champions League football.

Every man and his dog has covered the story, including us.

The quotes used everywhere have been as follows;

“I miss the Champions league, I’ll finish the season with Newcastle and concentrate on the coming months, then we’ll see.

“I love playing in front of the defence and have the whole game in front of me. To win back the ball and then put my teammates into good positions.”

We put our top translator Pierre on the case and has come up trumps, tracking down the actual radio interview and has translated it, and while what is ‘quoted’ above is the truth…to an extent, it is not the whole truth, read on –

The interview was on RTL radio and asking Yohan Cabaye the questions was ex-French international and Bayern Munich defender, Bixente Lizarazu, broadcast on Monday.

Le Club Liza – Bixente Lizarazu – RTL radio programme

25 November 2013

(They first discuss at length Yohan’s contribution to the French team then…)

Lizarazu: “I feel that since you are in England you have taken a new dimension. You have a more physical involvement and almost a more determined approach in your play.”

Yohan:It has been good for me to come here with regards to the physicality, at Lille we had a team that had good ball control, we had players who could technically make the difference but it is true that with the physical level it is helping me a lot, especially with the repeated effort both in attack and in defence; there is no let up.  I am still getting better in this area and want to get the best out of this season in terms of physical endurance, avoid injuries and arrive on form next summer.  The English Championship is helping me a lot and I am happy about that.”

The question that has made the headlines today was posed in the following way –

Lizarazu: “We want to conclude with the theme of a ‘trap’ question…”

Lizarazu: “Is the future going to be with Newcastle, or at the end of the season we imagine other things to bounce back into play, the Champions League for example? Your coach (Pardew) is very fond of you as he has declared that you are a barometer player, who drives the rhythm of the team, and there aren’t many players who can do that.  He doesn’t want to let you go.”

Yohan: “It’s nice in a career and it is better in some periods to be considered like this by the coach, than the opposite when you never play, but it is true to say that I miss ‘La Coupe d’Europe et La League des Champions’. I have a season to do with Newcastle, I will give my utmost as usual and always and I know that at the end there is a world cup, this is also important. I am concentrating on what we can do in the next few months, we are climbing and everything is going well with 3 wins in a row, I hope it will continue at least up to December and Boxing Day because it is a very important period. At the moment we are well placed, as for me I am trying to play the best I can, to train to the best I can, after that….The future will have in store for me what is meant to be…”

The last sentence is a direct translation of « L’avenir me réservera ce qu’il voudra » in other words – the future will bring what it wants/intends – or to sum in one word – destiny!

Taking the interview as a whole, and in detail, Yohan Cabaye DOESN’T state or even intimate that he will be leaving at the end of the season. He simply responds to the cute question with a proper reply and then uses an expression at the end which is just a throwaway line, clearly not meant to convey that his future is up in the air..

Whether he does or doesn’t intend to stay at Newcastle beyond the end of this season, he certainly doesn’t use this interview to push that agenda or even hint at it.

Thanks as always to Pierre for all the excellent work and bringing us the truth.

The interview podcast is available to download here – in French obviously:

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