Roy Hodgson and the Crystal Palace hierarchy have made no secret of the fact that they’d love former French international Yohan Cabaye to sign a contract extension prior to his current deal expiring at the end of June but according to one particular publication across the channel, the 32-year-old is waiting for a call from Marseille before signing up with the Eagles.
Despite being pictured chatting to the Marseille squad ahead of their Europa League final against Atletico Madrid last week, a conflicting report in rival publication L’Equipe suggested that the former PSG man was more than happy to stay put in London and was set for talks with the club over a new deal this week. As if often the case during a transfer window, we as fans are fed stories from all angles with little way of knowing who to believe and who to ignore.
One thing I am sure of is that Cabaye isn’t dead set against penning fresh terms in SE25, having gone on record following the final game of the season at home to West Brom saying that he loved both the club and his life in London but similarly, a pleading call from Marseille boss Rudi Garcia could prompt the central midfielder into taking the chance to move home ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
Whilst the Ligue Un outfit aren’t shy of spending when necessary, you would imagine that Yohan will still struggle to force them into offering anything close to the £100,000 a week contract he’s currently nearing the end of at Selhurst Park. Given his advancing years, not to mention the struggles he often endures when attempting to make it through 90 minutes, you would assume the terrier-like midfielder will be forced to accept a pay cut wherever he’s playing next term.
Now, it’s up to Yohan and his agent to force Marseille into giving him a final answer over their interest, thus gaining some clarity over his long-term future. A task that is easier said than done, I’m sure.