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Montpellier chairman questions Cabella's move to Newcastle

Remy Cabella

Montpellier chairman Louis Nicollin has backed Remy Cabella to succeed in England but has mocked his choice to play for Newcastle United.

Cabella completed his overdue move to Newcastle from Ligue 1 side Montpellier earlier this week, and the Frenchman is expected to add some much-needed creativity back into the side at St James' Park.

However, Montpellier chairman Louis Nicollin has questioned his decision to move to The Magpies in an interview with Foot Mercato.

"He wanted to go. I wasn’t happy, but I told him, 'Congratulations'. In England, there is Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, which are above Newcastle, but Newcastle is a club with a lot of French. He likes them, so great."

"Personally, I would not go to Newcastle. But hey, I’ll see him when he plays against a club in London!"

Nicollin is certainly not a fan of Newcastle and has had previous problems highlighted by the the transfer of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who joined the Premier League side from Montpellier in January 2013.

Despite questioning Cabella's decision, he believes that the 24-year-old will thrive in the Premier League despite his small stature.

"He has what he wants, fine, we’ll see. But in any case, he has the ability to succeed in England, that’s for sure. He is frail, but he’s hard to catch."

Cabella scored 14 goals in 37 appearances for Montpellier last season and was rewarded for his performances with a call-up to Didier Deschamps French squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

He will now hope to continue to improve with Newcastle and will be a fan-favourite if he can bring entertainment and creativity back to the side.

The switch to The Magpies is an ideal move for the playmaker, despite the comments from his former chairman, and Cabella will be able to play regular first-team football for a successful English side with an incredible following.

The team is already full of French talent too, so Cabella will not need much time to adapt to life in England and will hope to hit the ground running when the new season gets underway next month.

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