Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye has admitted today that he turned down the opportunity to sign for Spurs in the Summer Transfer Window. He was targeted as a direct replacement for the outgoing Luka Modric, but instead decided to stay on with the Geordie faithful.
The French midfielder enjoyed an impressive start to his career in English football last season following his 2011 summer switch from Lille.
And Cabaye admits that such were his impressive performances for Newcastle that Spurs attempted to sign him in the summer after Modric’s move to Real Madrid.
“The offer from Tottenham was to replace Modric,” he told French television.
“If I had wanted to leave I would have; I have not left, I was not meant to leave as I am still here and I hope a lot of good things will come out of it.
“For me the Premier League is the best league in the world, you have to work twice as hard and we know about the high tempo in every match,” he added.
“This is what attracted me and I will develop physically.”
He has been an inspirational player for the Toon since his arrival from Lille, and was one of the most instrumental figures in our hugely successful season. And his performances have resulted in Pardew indicating that a year down the line he could be the captain.
Although Alan Pardew said on several occasions during the summer a club the size of Newcastle would be unable to keep hold of players in the wake of interest from bigger clubs with European ambitions, he has defied the odds to retain Cabaye into the 2012/13 campaign.
Lets hope this warming show of commitment is not just felt by Cabaye, and that the other stars in the side – Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote – all show their own commitment in January.