Cabaye explains Newcastle exit, says he had to leave

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Yohan Cabaye opens the lid on his move from Newcastle United to Paris Saint-Germain in January.

Yohan Cabaye has admitted that he “didn’t hesitate” to leave Newcastle United when Paris Saint-Germain came calling in January.

And why should he have? After all, he was leaving a side steeped in mid-table mediocrity in the Premier League and moving to one of the richest clubs that is fighting to win the Champions League.

Newcastle pocketed a reported £19m for the France international, who signed a three-and-half-year deal with PSG and has since gone on to make nine appearances in Ligue 1 and two in the Champions League.

Cabaye joined Newcastle from Lille in 2011 just after winning Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France and got the best he could out of the Magpies. In 2011-12 they finished fifth, last season they just about escaped relegation and this term they are ninth with six more rounds of matches remaining.

The 28-year-old continued to impress, though, through the good times and the bad, and last summer almost joined Arsenal. That was a testament that he had outgrown Newcastle and was set to go to a bigger club.

And so he did in January, moving to PSG and joining the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi.

However, the midfielder has fond memories of his time in the Premier League and concedes that he had to leave when PSG came calling.

“I really liked playing in another league and discovering another culture,” he told UEFA’s official website. “Playing in the best league at the moment, it was a real discovery for me. I loved it, I enjoyed it a lot."

"When a club like PSG wants you and does everything to have you, it’s difficult not to accept it. It allows me to come and play to win titles like the French league, we're in the League Cup final and of course we’re still in the Champions League."

"For a football player, these are very important decisions to make. I didn’t hesitate in coming here."

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