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Cabaye will make impact at PSG, says Blanc

30 January 2014, 19:49

Paris - Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc insisted on Thursday that Yohan Cabaye will make his presence felt with the French champions despite the fierce competition for places.

The 28-year-old France midfielder completed his transfer to the Ligue 1 leaders from Newcastle United on Wednesday, penning a three-and-a-half-year deal in the capital for a fee which is reported to be worth 23 million euros (19m, $31.4m) including bonuses.

Now Cabaye, who played under Blanc for France, must try and work his way into the coach's favoured 4-3-3 formation, where Blaise Matuidi, Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta are considered the first-choice trio in the centre of the park.

However, Blanc said Cabaye was just the player he was looking for and said he had no doubts the former Lille man will get enough game time between now and the end of the season to guarantee his place in the France squad for the World Cup.

"I'm very satisfied. I said when the transfer window opened that I would be satisfied if we could bring in one extra player in midfield," said Blanc at a press conference ahead of Friday's home match against Bordeaux at the Parc des Princes.

"We had a good number of propositions but there weren't many who had all the characteristics we were looking for.

"I am happy because I know him well. But when I spoke to the directors a month ago I only gave them the profile I was looking for, not the name.

"He will play, you will see. When you have a three-man midfield, if you have four, five or six players who can play there it's not too many.

"People don't ask such questions of Bayern, (Manchester) City, Milan or Juve. The best three play, and then you get injuries and suspensions."

Indeed, with Italy playmaker Verratti suspended and Adrien Rabiot struggling with a knee problem, Cabaye could be thrown straight into the team on Friday, as long as his transfer is officially ratified in time.

"We have not received the letter. We are hoping it will arrive later today (Thursday). If it comes through, he will be in the squad.

"Otherwise he will have to wait until next Tuesday," he said, when PSG travel to Nantes in the semi-finals of the League Cup.

A win for PSG against Bordeaux will see them move provisionally six points clear at the top of Ligue 1 before second-placed Monaco go to Lorient on Saturday.




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