Yohan Cabaye explains why he chose to sign for Crystal Palace

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The former Newcastle star signed for Crystal Palace, despite interest from West Ham.

Speaking to the Crystal Palace website, Yohan Cabaye has revealed why he opted to sign for the Eagles, ahead of other Premier League suitors.

The French international said: “I wanted to come and play for Palace because there are some really strong players here. They finished very well last season and I think they can compete to get into the top eight. I also know the gaffer and have worked with him before and I’m confident with him. I want to do my best for him because he’s made a big effort to get me to come here.”

Palace made a real statement of intent by signing the midfielder, despite allures from Premier League rivals West Ham. Le Parisien claimed that he wanted to link up with the Hammers ahead of Palace, although the former Newcastle man chose to move to Selhurst Park because of their potential.

He believes they can get into the top eight of the Premier League, and start competing for European football, and Cabaye’s signing certainly takes them one step close to that goal.

He also admitted that Alan Pardew’s influence was key to his return to the Premier League, having excelled under the now Palace boss at St James’ Park.

Pardew worked hard to get the playmaker at Selhurst Park, and Cabaye returned the faith by signing with Palace in a club record deal.

Bringing Cabaye to Palace proves that the Eagles are now an established Premier League club with ambitions to move upwards, and there are hopes that the Frenchman’s arrival will signal the start of further strengthening for the South London club.

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