Deschamps dismisses Newcastle

Didier Deschamps France ManagerFrance Manager Didier Deschamps has praised the improvement of French Midfielder Yohan Cabaye, yet at the same time taken a swipe at Newcastle’s role in his development.

The former Marseille boss and World Cup winner, believes the star’s great form on the international stage is nothing to do with his transfer to Newcastle United.

He is aware that the midfielder is getting several plaudits for his assured displays, but has put it down to playing regularly for the national team and meeting their expectations.

In a bizarre statement he looked over any role the Magpies have played in the star’s development. Deschamps even went on to suggest that his international starlet doesn’t even play to his full potential for Newcastle.

“He didn’t change his status because he joined Newcastle; it is because he has been called into the French team and he has matched expectation,” Deschamps said.

The fans of Newcastle United football club are aware that Cabaye came in off the back of a double winning season with former side Lille, but would find these statements baffling as the Frenchman played a pivotal role in Newcastle finishing 5th in the Premier League last term.

While achieving European football was not a completely new experience for Yohan Cabaye, it is believed that to achieve this feat in the English top flight is far harder than in the Ligue 1.

Newcastle United supporters arguing this will point to their recent outing against one of the form teams in the France, Bordeaux, who they swept aside 3-0 with a less than full strength side.