Yohan Cabaye is like Crystal Palace’s Roy Keane, says Alan Pardew

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

The manager has insisted that nobody can ask for his wages because they aren't as good as him.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has likened star midfielder Yohan Cabaye to Manchester United legend Roy Keane, reports the Mirror.

The French midfielder was secured in a move from Paris St Germain this summer in what was considered a big coup for the Eagles in the transfer market.

He has made a solid start to life in London as well, quickly establishing himself as the key man in the Palace midfield, just as he when he worked with Pardew previously at Newcastle.

And his manager says it is important to have his lieutenant, likening it to Roy Keane’s role at Manchester United.

“He can smell what to do at the right time,” Pardew told the Mirror.

“It’s very important for a manager to have a lieutenant like that. Like Roy Keane at Man United.”

Nobody as good as Cabaye

While Cabaye is the top dog on the pitch at Selhurst Park, he is also it off the pitch, with the club having made him their top on earner on around £80,000-a-week when he joined in the summer.

That has the potential to cause disruption in the side with the Eagles having broken their wage structure to secure, and some likely to be eyeing his wage packet jealously.

Pardew though, says if the time arrives when somebody is knocking on his door, he will simply tell them that they aren’t as good as Cabaye and don’t deserve it.

“We’re very fortunate to be able to finance that deal,” added Pardew.

“They [other players] can all come and knock on my door on Monday and ask for more money saying, ‘I want Yohan’s money’ and they’ll get a simple answer, ‘You’re not as good as him’.”

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