The midfielder insists he does not regret his ill-fated move to St James Park’ last summer.
Speaking to L’Equipe, Remy Cabella has insisted that he does not regret his ill-fated move to Newcastle United last summer.
The midfielder was a big signing for the Magpies in 2014, with then manager Alan Pardew paying Montpellier around £10million – according to the Telegraph – to secure his services.
It proved to be a troubled season for the Frenchman, though, as he managed to score just one goal in a turbulent year at St James’ Park that saw Newcastle struggle to avoid relegation under Pardew’s replacement, John Carver.
It would be easy to imagine he regrets his move to the North East, but he instead says that is not the case.
“No. I played big teams in one of the best leagues in the world,” he told L’Equipe when asked if he regretted the move.
“At certain points, I was not enjoying it. Me, I need a team that plays football. I signed for Marseille to find something that suits me better. I am someone who integrates easily into a group. Here, I am born again.”
The midfielder has arguably enjoyed a better time at Marseille, after the disappointment of his spell in England.
The club brought him in to replace departing star Dimitri Payet, who left in a big-money move to West Ham United, where he has since shone, meaning Cabella has big shoes to fill at the French side.
And he has urged the fans to give him time to replace Payet, saying he needs to be fully fit before he can start to make an impact on the side.
“He did great things at Marseille. But he needed time to make an impact,” he added.
“I haven’t had a pre-season in two years. I went to Newcastle straight after the World Cup and this season, I missed all the preparation because of a tear at the bottom of my thigh. I need to be at my maximum physically because I give 100 per cent.”