The inevitable finally happened but here we bring you the latest Yohan Cabaye interview in France, where the ex-Newcastle midfielder reveals that he will be with ‘with us for the derby’ on Saturday.
Thanks yet again to our top translator Pierre for this exclusive translation, if your French is up to it then you can watch the original here.
YC pause…no pause…..( the guy is struggling to answer, in my opinion formulating his answer as to not put his foot in it!)…no first of all I have spent two and a half great years at Newcastle.
They allowed me to discover the Premier League and to also have a good time and for that I wish to thank all the staff and the coach too, I was at a good club in a good team, but the Championship is so difficult that we have struggled to get to the Champions League.
The first season, we were very close and then last year it was a lot more complicated but we had an agreement , and this summer I could not leave but the opportunity came this winter and they respected the agreement that we had. For that it is a big thank you towards them and I will not forget my two and a half years spent there, because it was great and I had a fabulous time.
Q This summer you nearly joined Arsenal, were you close to achieving it?
YC There had been an offer from Arsenal this summer which was rejected, after that the discussions somewhat stopped. There was interest as there was an offer from Arsenal, after that Newcastle did not agree to pursue it, it was their choice. It was difficult to accept it at the beginning but looking back, and with what we have achieved in the last 6 months, at the end it was a good decision.
Q We assume that you will not be sending JFK a postcard, do you still hold a grudge? You had said at the time that one day the truth would come out! The truth could come out now!…
YC No, there are things that happen during a career and during transfers; it is complicated when there is an offer from a club and the player wants to go and the club wants to keep you.
Both sides stick to their guns, but today I don’t hold a grudge against anyone, as I said I have spent two and a half fab years at Newcastle.
It would be stupid of me to want to hold any grudge against someone. Again I wish to thank the staff and the coach, and especially the fans, and to let them know that I will be with them this Saturday for the “Derby” and I hope they win.
Today I am not holding a grudge against anyone, life goes on and I hope the club does well and qualifies for Europe as I still have friends there and I hope they have a very good second half of the season.
Q Was there another club interested in you?
YC No..only PSG!