Yohan Cabaye Admits PSG Interest Amid Arsenal Transfer Speculation

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2013

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Yohan Cabaye has addressed reports linking his signature with Paris Saint-Germain, praising the Ligue 1 champions in comments that will intensify rumours that the Frenchman may leave Newcastle.

Cabaye's position at St James' Park looked rocky during the summer after reported interest from Arsenal unsettled the playmaker, per James Boylan of the Metro.

Newcastle fans will certainly have forgiven their midfield general in recent months, helped further by his 1-0 winner at Manchester United over the weekend.

However, the Magpies are far from out of the woods concerning the player's loyalty; the 27-year-old admitted he would have a hard time rejecting Laurent Blanc's side should they come knocking.

Talking to beIN Sport (h/t ESPN), Cabaye spoke of the rumours linking him with a move to the French capital, but didn't do much to dissuade the talk:

As far as I know, there has been no contact with Paris Saint-Germain. Who wouldn't want to join PSG today? Paris make other teams afraid in Europe, more so than last season. I really hope they win the Champions League.

As is noted in the ESPN report, Cabaye would be free to play Champions League football for Blanc's outfit this term if he were to complete a Parc des Princes switch, in what would simply be an added bonus for the big spenders.

The same article claims that a fee of £15 million would be required in order to prise the player from Alan Pardew's grip, with Cabaye still seen as an important part of the North East outfit.

The Gunners are also thought to be lurking should Cabaye's situation worsen in his current setting, with the Daily Star's Gary Jones reporting his desire to play Champions League football.

Since moving to St James' Park from Lille in 2011, the playmaker has seen a massive influx of French-speaking talent emerge at Newcastle United, so much so that the club have been termed "Chateau Nouveau" as part of a running gag.

Cabaye was a big part of Blanc's France setup
Cabaye was a big part of Blanc's France setupJulian Finney/Getty Images

However, even with all those allusions of home, it's possible that nothing would give the player—born and raised close to Lille—the same comforts as a move to his nation's capital.

Cabaye makes no secret of his desire to play at the top level, so it appears Newcastle face another great test of their mettle when it comes to hanging on to their chief talent.

They will need Cabaye to achieve their own dreams, but must make sure they match his ambitions if he is to stay.