Crystal Palace’s official site have gone all out with their coverage of the club’s newest recruit Yohan Cabaye, who was unveiled as an Eagle this morning, sparking celebrations amongst our fan-base.
With Chris Grierson on hand to speak to the Frenchman in a one-on-one interview yesterday afternoon, we now know exactly why the former PSG man decided to swap Paris for south London, with Alan Pardew playing a huge role in his decision.
No doubt, the lure of regular first-team football played a big part for him too, given his desire to take part in France’s Euro 2016 campaign next summer, but for now, he’s rightfully just looking forward to getting into the swing of things at Selhurst Park.
Remarking on the backing our supporters consistently give the players, Yohan also referenced his hope of potentially winning a cup during his stay with us, which will certainly endear him to the Palace faithful, given our lack of major honours throughout our history.
“I want the team to play well in the Premier League and perhaps win one of the cups as I always play to win trophies. I think we can get in the top eight if we stay confident and start the season well, even though we have some difficult games. We will have to work hard to be ready and compete with the other teams.
“I’m very happy to be here and to work again with the manager. It’s great to be back in the Premier League; the club have given me that opportunity so now I want to do my best to thank them and give my best on the pitch.”
“I first heard of the interest in April so I let my agent work with Palace and PSG. “The last few days have been long and boring because I have just been waiting but now I’m here and that’s the most important thing.
“I know the manager, I know England and the language and I know the Premier League. Now I’m in London too so that’s good.
“I have worked with him [Pardew] before and I’m confident with him. I just want to do my best for him because he’s made a big effort for me to come here, as well as the chairman so I have to say a big thank you to them.
“He’s a good manager; he is close to the players, talks to you a lot and gives you plenty of confidence. It makes you want to fight for him and do your best for the team.”
I’ve loved the Premier League for a long time, since I started playing for Newcastle. I’ve watched the games every weekend, including Crystal Palace after January because I was following Alan.
“There are some very good players here. They finished last season very well and I think they can compete to get into the top 10 and maybe even the top eight. That’s why I wanted to come here and play for Palace.
“When I played here before I remember the fans sang all game. The stadium is also a typical English stadium and the fans were really good. I wasn’t used to playing in stadiums in England like that so I was surprised but it was a good surprise. They stayed behind the team even when Newcastle were winning 3-0 so now I can’t wait to play for them and Palace.”
“I don’t think my game has really changed since I was at Newcastle. I love the English rhythm so I won’t need to change the way I play.
“For me personally I just want to play the full season, don’t get injured and stay fit. I also want to play for my country as next summer there are the European Championships and I really want to play in that, especially as it’s in France.”
For someone who only speaks English as a second language, there is no doubt that his grasp of our culture is solid, with the style of the Premier League having suited his game perfectly during his stint with Newcastle, leading him to believe that he’ll enjoy similar success with us.
As a fully fledged international midfielder, we have certainly pulled off something of a coup. Let’s hope his performances next season live up to the hype his arrival has generated in SE25.