Montpellier president says it was inevitable duo would fail at Newcastle and Tottenham

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Outspoken Montpellier president Louis Nicollin is not surprised Remy Cabella and Benjamin Stambouli did not work out at Newcastle nd Tottenham.

You probably can't blame Montpellier president Louis Nicollin for being a little smug right now.

He spent last summer jousting with Newcastle, telling SkySports in the build-up to the transfer window that the club were a poor destination for Remy Cabella.

He took their money away, but not after a swipe at the city, telling Cabella he would be 'bored s***less' in Newcastle, as reported the Telegraph.

12 months on we can't say whether Cabella enjoyed the city or was indeed bored off the pitch, but on it, Newcastle fans were the ones frustrated with his inability to live up to the hype and find his form.

He has now returned to France with his tail between his legs, signing on loan with Marseille, and Nicollin has taken another swipe at both Newcastle, and Spurs, for their wasted deal to sign Benjamin Stambouli, now sold to PSG.

He told French broadcaster Canal+: "I want to say that it was almost inevitable. The clubs they had chosen were not for them."

It's easy to see why he is a little frustrated. After helping the players reach selling potential, he now has to face them just 12 months on, with opponents strengthened.

On the subject of Cabella specifically, he added: "It is the best thing for him to leave Newcastle, he never should have gone there."

Cabella scored only one goal for Newcastle, while Stambouli did not even manage starts into double figures at Tottenham in the Premier League, which made his switch to French champions PSG all the more surprising.

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