Palace chairman discusses Mourinho’s reaction to club signing Yohan Cabaye

Crystal Palace signed Yohan Cabaye from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has explained to The Sun how Jose Mourinho used Yohan Cabaye’s arrival at Selhurst Park to prove how tough the Premier League has become.

The Eagles pulled off one of the biggest shocks of the summer, acquiring France international Cabaye for a club record £13 million fee, a figure reported by The Sun, from Paris Saint-Germain.

It was one of a number of impressive deals in the summer transfer window, with West Ham United’s capture of Dimitri Payet and West Bromwich Albion’s acquisition of Salomon Rondon also making headlines.

But it was Cabaye leaving the French champions for Palace which really struck a chord, and Parish has stated it is Mourinho’s reaction to the signing which has really illustrated its magnitude.

“He [Cabaye] has come because of his relationship with Alan and how well the club were doing. He really trusts Alan,” Parish is quoted as saying by The Sun.

“Even Jose said recently, ‘Clubs like Palace are signing people like Cabaye... how difficult is this division? Chelsea are our biggest competitors, they are the Premier League champions.

“If you can make them think, ‘Bloody hell, look who Palace have just signed’, then that is a bloody good day at the office!”

Cabaye’s arrival in South London has taken the club to a new level, while his own performances have been among the best of his career as boss Alan Pardew continues to get the best out of him.

The 29-year-old has scored four goals and provided one assist in 14 Premier League starts this season, but more impressive is his average of 3.4 tackles and 3.9 interceptions per match.

Cabaye is predominantly a holding midfielder, but throughout his career he has never posted such impressive defensive statistics and his current impressive form is largely down to boss Pardew.

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