Didier Deschamps heaps praise on Cabaye's decision to join Palace

Didier Deschamps

The France boss is very pleased indeed the 29-year-old joined Crystal Palace this summer and says his manager was 'very anxious' to sign him.

France head coach Didier Deschamps has heaped praise on Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye for putting sports over 'other things,' according to Sky Sports.

In slightly belittling fashion, Deschamps says Cabaye was right to join a 'smaller club,' while also suggesting boss Alan Pardew was 'very anxious' to sign him up.

The former Newcastle United midfielder struggled for a first-team place at Paris Saint-Germain before moving to Palace this summer.

And Deschamps told reporters: "We spoke before he made this decision to join Crystal Palace. He chose sports over other things. He is joining a smaller club, with a coach who was very anxious to sign him up, and now he does not need to wonder whether he will play the next game or not."

It has been a rare move for Cabaye to genuinely put football and his international chances ahead of the chance to play for a so-called 'bigger' club for more money and accept his wages sitting on the bench.

That said, much was made of the financial clout of the Premier League when Cabaye moved to Crystal Palace, as the TV money now available to top-flight clubs in England gives them a huge advantage over Champions League clubs from other countries.

The 29-year-old has so far flourished at Palace and there are very few who are surprised. The Frenchman is a classy playmaker and could yet do a job for many, if not all, of the Premier League's best sides.

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