Friday 27 April 2018

PSG'S improved offer seals deal for Cabaye

Yohan Cabaye
Yohan Cabaye

Newcastle decided to cash in on Yohan Cabaye after he indicated his wish to leave for Champions League football.

The Magpies and Paris St-Germain reached an agreement for the transfer of the 28-year-old on Monday night after the French club made a significantly improved offer.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, who had valued the midfielder at around £20m, ultimately decided to do business with Cabaye desperate to play on Europe's biggest stage once again after sampling Champions League football with former club Lille.

His departure will come as a huge blow to manager Alan Pardew, who despite voicing his hope that the player would stay on Tyneside, had admitted earlier yesterday that he was not confident of him doing so.

"Listen, we are a club that, unfortunately at the minute, is not in a Champions League position, so therefore players can turn around to us and say they want Champions League, as (Luis) Suarez did with Liverpool.

"We have got big players, we attract good players, but we are not in a Champions League position or are able to say at the minute, 'We could be Champions League, stay with us and get the football here'".

Asked if Cabaye would be replaced, Pardew said: "We would need to bring somebody in, for sure. You can't lose a player of that quality and not replace him."

Irish Independent

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