Yohan Cabaye is being heavily linked with a move back to France this summer after news of interest from Marseille gathered pace during the recent international break.
Palace fans could be forgiven for having grown a tad frustrated by Marseille over the last few months. After being forced to listen to Steve Mandanda’s apparent desperation to rejoin the club when this campaign draws to a close, we are now seeing his fellow Frenchman and Palace regular Yohan Cabaye pressed for his views on the “revolution” taking place in the south of France under the guidance of Rudi Garcia.
As is always the case with players conducting interviews in their native language, there is a strong chance that the tone of Yohan’s words were lost in translation but even so, it’s far from ideal to see our first-team players being openly touted for moves elsewhere whilst we find ourselves in the middle of a relegation battle.
I don’t for a second doubt Cabaye’s commitment to the Palace cause and have never seen him give less than 100% when stepping onto the pitch but the simple presence of a club like Marseille lurking in the background does leave a rather bitter taste in the mouth with this summer’s transfer window fast approaching.
Of course, our success or failure in the battle against relegation from the Premier League will have a huge bearing on the sort of players we can look to keep at the football club next season but in Yohan, I think Big Sam has a player he’ll be extremely keen to hold onto. Obviously, the Frenchman’s contract (which is set to conclude in the summer of 2018) will play a part in any decisions made by the club but in the simplest of terms, Cabaye appears to have made quite an impression on the former England in the months since his arrival in the dugout.
Watch this space.