Yohan Cabaye could be set for an early return to England with Liverpool & Arsenal keen. AFP/Getty Images
Arsenal and Liverpool have been put on alert with more substance appearing to be on the discontent of PSG midfielder, Yohan Cabaye, with his current status at the Parc des Princes.
The 28-year old French midfielder, who featured in France’s recent 2 – 1 friendly victory over Portugal, has expressed his dissatisfaction with not getting regular action in Laurent Blanc’s team.
Cabaye moved to PSG from Newcastle in January to play Champions League football but have not managed to move above Marco Veratti, Blaise Matuidi or Thiago Motta in the pecking order.
Cabaye: “Have I spoken to Laurent Blanc? No. What do I tell him? I am 28 years old and not new to the job. But I am not satisfied with the situation.”
“Am I completely happy? To be honest, no. It is a new situation for me, but I don’t complain. It is the first time I haven’t played regularly for my club.”
Cabaye had been the main creative force of Newcastle’s midfield over the 3 seasons he spent at Tyneside. Arsenal had failed to lure the player away last year’s summer for £10m, prompting the resentment of Alan Pardew as the bid was made before their opening League game of the season against CIty – Cabaye wasn’t considered psychologically stable to play. Cabaye returned to the team after a while, but was never really settled again, eventually moving to PSG. The move back home has not quite been as pleasant, and it appears the ex-Lille man may be seeking a new challenge elsewhere.
Both Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger have the opportunity to recapture Cabaye whom they consider as having the requisite experience and quality to play a commanding role in their midfield dynamics. Injuries to a host of Arsenal’s midfielders including Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta, with the inconsistencies of Flamini’s technical input may give Wenger more need to make an enquiry.
Cabaye played for Didier Deschamps French team in the World Cup as the deepest lying of the three midfielders, holding guard of the back four while Paul Pogba and, PSG teammate, Blaise Matuidi were granted more licence to join the attack.
More regular football must be vital to him to stake a claim in the french team for the upcoming Euros in 2 years time and given he’ll be closer to his thirties by then, a long consistent run will give him the edge, with little regard to his age.
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