According to a report in The Daily Mail, (I refuse to link to any of their content directly on a point of principle) Crystal Palace are keen to tie midfielder Yohan Cabaye down to a new short-team deal with his contract set to expire this summer.
The 32-year-old has been a key part of Roy Hodgson’s team whenever he’s been available and despite a number of niggling injuries preventing him from reaching the final whistle on plenty of occasions, the Palace boss would like to keep him at the club for another season at the very least.
Most (myself included) had assumed that Yohan himself would have his heart set on a move back to France when his current deal expired at Selhurst Park but if the club are indeed hopeful of convincing him to extend his stay with us, I’m sure plenty of Eagles fans will be overjoyed. Admittedly, the Frenchman’s game may not be what many of us first expected when he arrived from PSG in the summer of 2015 but gradually, he’s found a niche within our starting XI and now relies on an irrepressible sense of tenacity to impose himself in the midfield from week to week.
According to the report in question, Palace are likely to offer Yohan a one-year extension with the option of a further year on top, should all parties feel it’s viable following the conclusion of the 2018/19 season. If that is the case, I’d love to see Yohan put pen to paper, not least because it removes the headache that we’d inevitably face in the summer when trying to source a replacement of comparable quality.
Whilst no one is quite sure of Yohan’s intentions on a personal level, I’d like to think that he’d give any new contract offer serious consideration were it put in front of him. He seems to enjoy playing for the club, (just look at his celebration when scoring at home to Arsenal last season for proof of that) and is undoubtedly still good enough to mix it in the Premier League; all that’s left is for him to weigh up how keen he is to return to France this summer.