Yohan Cabaye has not had the best time in France since leaving Newcastle. But he is only looking at short-term success at the moment.
Since joining Paris Saint-Germain from Newcastle United in the winter of 2013, Yohan Cabaye has failed to live up to the €25 million price tag and has seen his career nose dive in the French capital. On Wednesday afternoon he joined French radio station RMC Sport and discussed not only his future this season, but in the summer.
After making his return to France, the former Lille midfielder has never really imposed himself in Paris, met with some fierce competition.
Up against Thiago Motta, Blaise Matuidi, Marco Verratti and Adrien Rabiot, the odds were stacked against him, but the France international has suffered some awful fortune this season met with suspensions and multiple injuries.
Rather than look long into the future, Cabaye is looking short-term to begin with: “My future? To return to the pitch. There is important games coming up and an exciting end to the season. Afterwards, there is time to talk a little bit, but for now my priority is to get back in shape.”
“This is football: at some point it isn’t going to be as good. It’s like that. However, I do not lose sight of my objective for the Euros. We’ll see how it unfolds.”
Wearing a PSG shirt, the midfielder has played 24 times for the club, has scored just one goals and added three stats. Compared to his time at Lille and Newcastle, this is worlds apart. The Parisian side are always on the lookout for newer, better players, so does Cabaye think he can become a starter at PSG next season?
“People work for me, I have complete confidence in them. The most important thing is to get back on the pitch and to find form. Then we’ll see what happens next season.”
Cabaye knows that failure to make it into the PSG first-team will all but certainly see the midfielder lose his place in the France midfield for the European Championships, something that was out of the question while playing at St James’ Park. Perhaps it is a return to the Toon Army that is needed to rescue his club and international career.