Yohan Cabaye Reveals How Failed Promises Led to Strike at Newcastle United
Yohan Cabaye has finally opened up about his 2013 transfer saga, explaining how Newcastle United failed to deliver on their promise and forced him to take action. The French midfielder, who had impressed in his first two seasons in the English Premier League, received a £10 million bid from Arsenal just before Newcastle’s season opener against Manchester City. However, the approach caused him to go on strike, missing the next game against West Ham.
Cabaye had expected Newcastle to discuss the offer with Arsenal, but the club closed the door on any dialogue, going against their earlier promise. He wanted to play for a club at a higher level, and the lack of a response from Newcastle made him feel disrespected. Despite admitting he could have handled the situation better, Cabaye remains proud of his performances upon his return to Newcastle and the subsequent success he achieved with PSG and Crystal Palace.
Linking up with his former boss Alan Pardew at Palace, Cabaye helped the team reach the FA Cup final in 2016. He speaks highly of Pardew, crediting him for his adaptation to English football and hailing him as a “very good human being.” Cabaye’s honesty and professionalism shine through in this candid interview, shedding light on the often murky world of football transfers.
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