Newcastle and France midfileder Yohan Cabaye is set to assess his future after the Newcastle Chronicle reports Cabaye saying “I missed the Champions League” during an interview with RTL radio station.
The midfielder has been an influential part of Alan Pardew’s midfield, helping The Toons to three successive victories. This has moved Newcastle up to eighth in the table but a top four finish seems extremely unlikely due to the high quality of teams such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United. And Cabaye admits he misses Champions League football so an exit from Tyne-side could be likely.
Cabaye last had a taste of Euope’s elite while at Lille in France, and return could have happened as Arsenal had prepared a 10m bid for the Frenchman, but was rejected by owner Mike Ashley.
In his interview Cabaye also said “I’ll finish this season with Newcastle and concentrate on the coming months, then we’ll see.”
Although cabaye insists he is enjoying his time under Alan Pardew adding: “I love to play in front of the defence, to have the whole game in front of me (and to) recover the ball and then put my team mates in good positions.” And after enjoying a very good spell with Newcastle, it would be no surprise to see Cabaye back in Europe’s elite competition.
By Phil Wellbrook