Newcastle director of football Kinnear defends sale of Cabaye to PSG

Joe Kinnear has defended the sale of Newcastle star Yohan Cabaye, insisting the Frenchman was only permitted to leave St. James’ Park as he wanted Champions League football, reports The Daily Star.

The former Wimbledon and Newcastle boss, now in the role of director of football on Tyneside, has faced much criticism since his return to the club last summer, and the sale of Cabaye has further angered the Toon Army supporters. Newcastle did not sign anyone on a permanent basis, with Luuk de Jong’s loan arrival the only new face at the club after the transfer window closed at 11pm on Friday evening.

The transfer activity echoes that of the summer, where only Loic Remy arrived from QPR – again on loan until the end of the season, and while Remy may be pleasing the supporters with his performances the lack of permanent signings appears to be worrying a large section of the Geordies’ following.

Speaking of the Cabaye sale, Kinnear said: “Of course it is disappointing that Yohan Cabaye has moved on after two and a half seasons at St James’ Park.

“We didn’t want to sell him, make no bones about that, but Yohan made it very clear to us that the opportunity of playing Champions League football and being part of the sporting project at PSG was something he wanted.

“On that basis, we felt that if we received an acceptable bid for him, then it was the right decision for the club to do business.”

Cabaye signed for Newcastle during the summer 2011 transfer window, but returned to his native France on Thursday when he completed a move to Paris Saint-Germain, for a fee believed to be around £19m.

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