Yohan Cabaye pushed hard for a way out of Newcastle United in the 2013/14 campaign, but he may already be regretting that decision.
Arsenal failed to secure his services, with Arsene Wenger eventually splashing the cash on Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil.
Cabaye was less than impressed at Newcastle’s reluctance to enter into transfer talks, but got his wish in January when Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain came calling.
The opportunity to join an ambitious project in his homeland was too good to turn down, but the dream has turned a little sour.
Cabaye, a man used to being centre of attention at St James’ Park, is now a small fish in a big pond and his first-team opportunities have dwindled as a result.
A return to England a year on from packing his bags for France has been mooted, with Manchester United still being credited with holding an interest in a creative influence who is proven at Premier League level.
Louis van Gaal would appear to have plenty of midfield talent at his disposal, but can you ever have too much talent on your books?
Meanwhile Arsenal are still in need of a defensive midfielder. They would happily reignite their interest in his services.
But it seems Cabaye will not be joining United or Arsenal this winter.
He told Canal+ when pressed on whether he expects to see out his current contract: "This is a question I do not ask myself, especially today. The situation at the club is what it is.
"I love England and it is not a surprise if I say that. Today I am in Paris but I'm not likely to give up. I will fight as I should to deserve what I deserve.
"Afterwards, if the situation stays like that... But now I don't think about a transfer."
Cabaye enjoyed two-and-a-half productive years at Newcastle before jumping ship, with the final few months of his stay actually his most productive despite edging towards the exits.
He showed himself to be a midfielder with a keen eye for goal, building on his previous efforts at Lille, and has become a mainstay in the France national squad.
It is, however, the threat to his place within Les Bleus’ ranks which is causing him the greatest concern and fanning the transfer flames.
It is difficult to imagine how his situation would improve at United or Arsenal, given the talent they already have at their disposal, but he could certainly do a job back at Newcastle and the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur may be tempted to join the chase if Cabaye relaxes his stance and opens himself up to offers from England.
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