Yohan Cabaye’s potential contract extension is a story which hasn’t been far from any Crystal Palace fan’s thoughts for a few months and now, as we head towards the middle of June, it seems as though the waters are just becoming muddier as to where to Frenchman’s future lies.
Whilst the club have been actively trying to tie the 32-year-old down to fresh terms since their Premier League status was confirmed in May, rumours over a possible move back to France continue to pop up in the press. First, there was talk of a deal being put in place with Marseille and now, reports suggest that Yohan’s representatives had reached out to Saint-Etienne to see if a deal could be done, only for the Ligue Un outfit to regretfully admit that they didn’t have the sort of financial muscle necessary to facilitate such a move.
Quite clearly, despite Cabaye himself having said on the final day of the season that he loved both the club and his life in London, every possible avenue is being explored before he commits to a new deal (crucially on a reduced weekly wage) at Selhurst Park.
Unfortunately for the former Newcastle and PSG man, his advancing years, coupled with regular need to be substituted around the hour mark has left the Palace hierarchy feeling as though a straight renewal of his current £100,000-a-week contract would not represent value for money and I can’t say I disagree with their assessment. It goes without saying that I’d love Yohan to still be turning out in red and blue next season but in a division as competitive as the Premier League, there really is no room for sentiment when matters of finance are up for debate.
As things stand, it looks as though Yohan is running out of alternative options who are willing to satisfy his hefty wage demands, all of which points towards an eventual agreement being struck with Roy Hodgson and co. on a lower weekly figure. It’ll still be astronomical when compared to a large chunk of his top flight counterparts but like everything in life, it’s difficult to wave goodbye to money that you’ve become accustomed to earning from week to week; particularly when it highlights the waining of your powers in a professional setting.