According to a story in The Mirror, (yes, I appreciate they’ve gained a dreadful reputation amongst Palace supporters of late) Eagles gaffer Roy Hodgson has set Yohan Cabaye a deadline by which to decide if he’s signing a contract extension at Selhurst Park.
The Frenchman arrived in south London back in 2015 but with the three-year deal he penned set to come to an end in July, rumours of a possible move back across the channel have been a constant theme throughout 2018. Having already spent time on the books of both Lille and PSG already, Yohan appears to be attracting some serious interest from Europa League finalists Marseille but with time ticking away, it sounds as though the Palace hierarchy are growing impatient for some clarity over the central midfielder’s plans.
Now 32 years old, all signs seem to point towards the club offering Cabaye a new deal on vastly reduced terms, with the report above suggesting that Palace will propose a weekly wage of £45,000, rather than the £100,000 that he’s currently taking home. Of course, such a dramatic drop will take some getting used to but with Yohan having happily gone on record to say how much he loves both the club and his life in London, it’s fair to say it’s an offer he’ll give consideration to.
Whilst it’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling as though we’re at the beginning of the summer, plans will need to be put in place to secure a replacement for the former Newcastle man, if indeed he does decide to up sticks and wave goodbye to Selhurst Park over the next week or two.
There is no doubt that Cabaye played a key role throughout the 2017/18 season but given his advancing years, there simply wouldn’t be any logic behind offering him big money to stay with us for another year or two. Hopefully, the connection he has to the club will be enough to see him say “yes” to our new offer but only time will tell.