Not normally a great source of news in France, Crystal Palace have seen a rise in articles regarding some of their players over the past few months across the Channel, all about Yohan Cabaye and Steve Mandanda.
While one remains in Sam Allardyce’s plans on a regular basis, the other is yet to feature under the one-time England manager, and a move in the summer back to Marseille has been heavily touted in the local press.
Arriving on a free transfer last summer, Mandanda has only managed nine appearances for the Eagles this season, and hasn’t played at Selhurst Park since November when he suffered a serious knee injury.
With both Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni ahead of him, things haven’t exactly gone to plan for the France number two, who has the support of his teammates, or at least one of them.
Speaking to SFR Sport, Yohan Cabaye was asked about Steve Mandanda’s situation at Crystal Palace.
He said: “He’s not dealing it with it well, to be nice to him. I don’t want to speak for him, but he’s doing well, training really well. Obviously, his situation at the club is weighing on him, because it wasn’t what he was expecting at first. As I said, I can’t really speak for him, but he’s a good friend, and I feel a bit sorry for him.”