PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain has signed midfielder Yohan Cabaye from Newcastle on a three-and-a-half year deal Wednesday, the latest step in the ambitious French club's bid to become one of Europe's biggest teams.
PSG presented Cabaye at a news conference on Wednesday. No financial details were given by the club, but the 28-year-old Cabaye reportedly cost €20 million ($27.3 million) with an additional €5 million ($6.8 million) in bonuses.
"I'm very, very happy to be here. I'm really very proud too to be a part of this immense project PSG want to build and I'm eager to start with my new team," Cabaye said. "I'd like to thank Newcastle for allowing this transfer to happen. It's difficult to turn PSG down these days. I want to win trophies and PSG offer me that. There was no hesitation on my part."
Cabaye is renowned for his outstanding shooting from distance and is a free kick specialist, giving PSG that extra bit of firepower that it lacked in a workmanlike midfield featuring ball-winners Blaise Matuidi and Thiago Motta. He could make his debut in Friday's home game against Bordeaux.
"I'm impatient to start, I hope so," he said. "I'm ready to put my new colors on and to represent PSG. I feel in good form so there'll be no problem at that level. I hope I'll be on the team sheet on Friday."
He scored seven goals in 19 league games for Newcastle this season after missing the start of the campaign as he tried to force a move through to English Premier League leaders Arsenal.
"Arsenal made an offer for me but Newcastle decided not to accept it," he said. "That was their choice and at the start it was hard to take, but looking back on things and considering how we played in the subsequent six months, it was the right choice."
Cabaye also fell out with Joe Kinnear, Newcastle's director of football, who criticized the intelligence of Newcastle fans in a radio interview after getting the job. During it, he also mispronounced several players' names — appearing to refer to Cabaye as "Kebab," which Kinnear later said wasn't his intent.
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