Yohan Cabaye’s current contract with Crystal Palace is all set to run out at the end of June but after a three-year stint in SE25, it seems as though the Frenchman is still open to the idea of extending his stay.
Whilst the former PSG man has been widely expected to head back to France this summer, his comments when speaking to the club’s official site following the final game of the season against West Brom seemed to suggest that he was more than happy to explore the possibility of signing fresh terms at Palace before the new season gets underway.
Known to be one of the club’s top earners, it’s not hard to see why those behind the scenes were reluctant to enter into contractual discussions whilst we remained in a relegation battle but in the time since our survival was mathematically confirmed, the gaffer has made it absolutely clear that he would love to keep Yohan on the books for the 2018/19 season and beyond if possible.
Now 32, it’s fair to say that Yohan is sporting a few battle scars but if he is open to a slight drop in wages, I think I speak for the vast majority of Palace fans in saying that we’d love to have him around for longer. Indeed, the words used by the man himself on the final day of the season seemed to allude to a hope on his part of sorting out a new contract rather than moving elsewhere, leaving Dougie Freedman and Steve Parish to iron out the finer details with Yohan and his representatives in the coming days and weeks.
We will undoubtedly lose a few of the players who’ve seen their contracts run out but in Cabaye’s case, there appears to be very few reasons for either party to sever the ties that have been built since he arrived back in the summer of 2015.
Hopefully, we’ll hear some positive news in the not too distant future.