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Yohan Cabaye Opens Up About Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew

7 years ago

Yohan Cabaye has talked about his relationship with both Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew.

In an interview with the Telegraph, the former Newcastle midfielder says that he blames the players and not Alan Pardew for United’s place in the Premier League table.

While on Mike Ashley, Cabate says the Newcastle owner was ‘fantastic’ and always told him the truth.

While on the subject of his friend Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan says that the winger had to leave as the relationship with Pardew ‘was wrong’.

Pardew in trouble;

“The manager (Alan Pardew) is in trouble now, so I’m sad for him. Even when I was there, the manager showed us the way to play. It is the players who have to work harder.

“At the time (when Cabaye left) I didn’t have any occasion to speak with him or even call him, but if he texts me and wants to meet me in Paris, then it would be with pleasure. He gave me everything when I arrived three years ago, so for me he is a good manager and he will stay the same in my mind.

“I like him because he gave me confidence. He was really close to the players, talking to them a lot and in a positive way. He helped us in our minds to play well and he put trust in all of us.”

‘Fantastic’ Mike Ashley;

“The owner (Mike Ashley) was fantastic with me and my family as well, he told the truth to me all the time. He did what he said he would, so I cannot complain. My time at Newcastle was happy and I will never forget it.”

Why Hatem had to leave;

“The relationship (Ben Arfa) with the manager was wrong, it wasn’t very good. The best thing for Hatem was to leave.”

“When a team are at the bottom of the league everyone blames the manager, but it is the fault of the players, he has to be strong.”

Moving to a ‘bigger’ power;

“I have a lot of affection for Newcastle but in my view PSG are now one of the big powers in Europe. So I didn’t want to let it go, to let the chance pass away from me. That was my main reason.

“Of course I want to play more, especially in the Champions League, but there are so many players with fantastic qualities here.

“I’m at a big club now. So I just have to concentrate and be ready when the manager calls on me to come into the starting eleven. For now I have to keep working very hard.”


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