Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye has urged French football to copy the English model in regards to the structure of the game.
Speaking to France Football, Cabaye said the French Federation needs to increase the number of professional leagues to four like in England, because he thinks players could develop better in a more professional environment.
The Crystal Palace star also believes at the moment young players aren’t progressing in France because there’s too much pressure on them to achieve results in the current set up.
“As in England, I would increase the number of clubs and professional divisions. Here, until the Fourth Division, the clubs are pros. I would do the same in France. And I would create a Championship of the reserves teams so that these can develop quietly, without having the pressure of the results as they currently have in the CFA. It can spoil the technical development of the club and the players. If you are in the last ranks, you do not progress and you do not have the chance to get in first team,” said the Crystal Palace player.
Cabaye came through the Lille youth system and went on to play five seasons in their senior side.
In 2011 the 31-year-old signed for Newcastle United, and then after a brief spell with PSG he joined Crystal Palace in 2015. The French international has since gone on to play nearly sixty Premier League games for the London club.