Yohan Cabaye has said that he proved people wrong when he moved to Newcastle, being accused of a lack of ambition by turning down the chance to play in the Champions League with Lille after winning Ligue 1.
The former United playmaker saying that the only proof you need is that his playing time on Tyneside helped win him his place for France at Euro 2012 and the World Cup in Brazil last summer.
Speaking to L’Equipe, Yohan Cabaye says he knows he definitely has to leave PSG where Laurent Blanc has made clear there will be no change in terms of his pecking order.
Over the past 12 months, the midfielder started only 16 games across all competitions for the French club and was involved in the same number of matches coming off the bench.
However, Cabaye says he would jump at the chance to come back to the Premier League, a league he says he knows suits him after his time at St James Park.
The midfielder wants to get a move sorted as soon as possible, but doesn’t rule out other big European leagues.
Like all top French players, Yohan Cabaye is desperate to be part of the national team next summer with the Euros being held in his native France.
Earlier this week we saw Moussa Sissoko giving yet another interview where he talked about wanting to play for a club who can give him Champions League football.
At the same time though he acnowledged that he can’t afford to leave Newcastle to sit on the bench elsewhere, revealing that Didier Deschamps had made clear that would mean no chance of national team selection.
Yohan Cabaye speaking to L’Equipe:
“It is clear I will have to leave before Euro 2016, I know this and the club (PSG) know it too, but it will be important to make the best choice possible.
“I was criticised when I went to Newcastle as supposedly I didn’t want to play in the Champions League with Lille. However, I did play in Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup, so I’m not worried.”
England works for me:
“Sometimes it’s better to go backward in order to go forward. I enjoyed myself in England, it is a league that works for me.
“Today, I’m at PSG and certainly I would have liked it to have happened differently, the club too, but this is reality. If I had the chance to return to England, I hope to get that done, but there could also be other possible destinations.”
Nothing will change if I stay:
“I know that if I stay I could do everything and yet nothing would change.
“I talked with Laurent Blanc after the win over Lille (PSG won 6-1 at the end of April and Cabaye didn’t even feature from the bench) and for him the player that is in my place is better than me…there you go! It is his opinion and not a problem (for me).”
I know some fans would never forgive any player for wanting to leave Newcastle because they were ambitious but I would love it if he came back to Newcastle.
Even if against the odds, Mike Ashley did make good on his talk of new ambition, I find it hard to believe that Newcastle could/would attract a better midfielder than Yohan Cabaye to the club.