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France manager not fazed by lack of playing time for ex-Toon star

Didier Deschamps sends out message of support to former Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye over lack of playing time at PSG.

French national team manager Didier Deschamps has said he isn't worried about the amount of game-time Yohan Cabaye is getting at Paris Saint-Germain, indicating he should have been expecting it.

Cabaye, 28, has played just 165 minutes for Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue One since his move in January, and with the World Cup around the corner it has been suggested the lack of playing time could cause him to lose his place in the side.

However, speaking to the press before France's final friendly before the World Cup finals, Deschamps offered the bit-part midfielder support and assurance his place would not be lost due to his transfer.

''I'd rather it be more playing time, of course, but I'm not worried,'' said Deschamps.

''What is true for him is true for many players who come to a big club, especially during the season. The team is doing well, Yohan is smart enough to accept and understand that.''

But with the World Cup around the corner and the disruption the transfer has had on his season, would the former United star been better off staying in the North-East of England until the end of the season before making his move to the French capital?

The Frenchman was an integral part of the Newcastle side that was, and still is, looking to finish above Manchester United this season and as high-up the table as possible. However, the loss of Cabaye certainly impacted their season, if only for a short-time, after drawing one and losing three of the four games after his departure.

Fortunately for Newcastle fans their season is well and truly back on track after two good wins in recent weeks, but the argument still remains the same.

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