Cabaye happy with Palace choice

Yohan Cabaye says he has no regrets about his decision to join Crystal Palace, despite a disappointing second half to last season.

Crystal Palace: Cabaye happy with Palace choiceCrystal Palace: Cabaye happy with Palace choice

The former Newcastle midfielder returned to the Premier League last summer after a difficult year at Paris Saint-Germain back in his home country of France.

The 30-year-old began well at Selhurst Park but, like the Eagles in general, he faded after Christmas as Alan Pardew’s side slipped to a 15th-place finish in the top flight.

Cabaye revealed he spoke to France boss Didier Deschamps about his options before deciding to join Palace 12 months ago but he has no regrets even though it was reported at the time that a handful of English sides were all vying for his signature.

“When the negotiations picked up pace I was at [a France training camp at] Clairefontaine,” Cabaye told L’Equipe. “The coach brought up the subject and I told him who the interested clubs were and asked his opinion.

“He said: ‘The most important thing is that you find your rhythm, especially in terms of playing time’. I then chose Crystal Palace and it was also because I know Alan Pardew very well and I love the league.

“Despite the poor half of the season, we had an excellent first half and on December 19 we were fifth. I have never regretted my career choice.”

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