Newcastle United has made it clear that Yohan Cabaye is not for sale. In fact, they have been making that clear ever since he made the move to Tyneside from Lille back in 2011.
Advances from Tottenham a year ago, and Arsenal last summer were nixed by Newcastle management but did not sit well with the player himself. The hard feelings that developed between player and club manifested in Cabaye’s refusal to take the field on opening day against Manchester City.
Newcastle was understandably incensed at Arsenal’s weak attempt at signing Cabaye. Their £10 million offer was more insulting than anything, especially for a player valued at twice as much. In the end, Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil and Newcastle is getting great production out of Cabaye; it is a win-win for everyone.
Since Cabaye’s reintroduction into the team, his form has been superb. His five goals and two assists tell only part of the story, as his creativity and passing are really what has helped him pull the strings in Newcastle’s midfield. 83-percent passing accuracy and twenty-six chances created have helped Newcastle stay in the top half of the league.
It is easy to see why Newcastle would want to keep a player of his caliber. The French international is the team’s most valuable player even if he does not get all of the headlines.
Although, even if Arsenal have backed off their pursuit of the midfielder, the January transfer window will surely see a whole new batch of suitors vying for his signature.