Yohan Cabaye makes his feelings about Mike Ashley perfectly clear

St James Park

The Crystal Palace midfielder has been discussing the Newcastle United owner's mentality.

Crystal Palace midfielder says he 'cannot understand' some of the things Newcastle United did during his time on Tyneside, according to the Daily Mail.

And the Frenchman has effectively blamed owner Mike Ashley's mentality for his decision to leave the club he 'loved.'

Indeed, Cabaye joined Crystal Palace from Paris Saint-Germain this summer but, before moving to the Ligue 1 champions, the 29-year-old was an integral part of Alan Pardew's Newcastle side.

The Crystal Palace midfielder told the Mail: "It is hard for me to describe that club. Newcastle, for me, should be one of the best in the country. They have got the stadium, training ground, fans.

"They have everything you need. But sometimes they did things I cannot understand. Maybe it is the owner's mentality, I don't know. But it is a shame for me because Newcastle has to be one of the biggest teams in the country. I loved the club."

Ashley has bucked the trend this summer, actually spending several million in the transfer market at St James' Park. The interesting thing, however, is that the Magpies could still end up being left short in several areas. That will be the result of several windows of neglect.

Had Newcastle strengthened in the same manner as this summer, the Tyneside outfit would be looking at a much different Premier League projection. And maybe Cabaye would still be in their ranks - not at Crystal Palace.

Newcastle face Southampton for their Premier League opener this Sunday afternoon, while Pardew's Palace side travel to Norwich City on Saturday at 3pm British Time.

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