Telling beIN Sports he was ‘interested’ in Marseille’s new project following Frank McCourt’s purchase of the club, the rumours of a reunion between Yohan Cabaye and his former manager Rudi Garcia have started to grow.
Ever since the former Lille manager arrived at the club, talk of the Crystal Palace midfielder transferring to the south of France has appeared, which included some links in January.
Cabaye made it clear in the interview with beIN Sports that his sole focus right now was helping the Eagles avoid relegation, yet Marseille, down their end, are trying to sort out their team for next season.
Following the player ‘confiding his interest’ at the club’s project, L’Equipe claim Marseille, and more important Rudi Garcia, certainly wouldn’t say no to the Crystal Palace star joining them in the summer.
In fact, the French newspaper say a return to France for Cabaye is ‘conceivable’, and his versatility, capable of playing in front of the defence or further up the pitch, is something the club are looking for to help create a strong team to challenge as much as possible on all fronts in 2017-18.
Adding Yohan Cabaye to the likes of William Vainqueur (if they manage to make the loan permanent), Morgan Sanson and Maxime Lopez at the core of their midfield would be strong move by the Ligue 1 side, and, with European football potentially on the cards, anything but a step backwards for the Palace midfielder.
Well, perhaps financially, but at 31, the prospect of playing at the highest level is probably more enticing than earning a bit more and fighting against relegation.
Just a word of warning: expect a lot more stories on this subject over the coming weeks.
The French media seem keen to see this happen, just like Dimitri Payet’s return, and they are likely to push for it as much as possible, if only to see two Ligue 1 winners (Cabaye and Garcia) reunited.