Former Newcastle, Crystal Palace, and Paris Saint-Germain, midfielder Yohan Cabaye, has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 35.
Cabaye saw his one-year contract with Saint-Etienne expire at the end of last season and the Frenchman has decided to hang his boots after 543 appearances at six different clubs.
The midfielder started his career with Lille in 2004 and helped the club win a league and cup double in the 2010-2011 season. He also made 48 appearances for the France national team.
In an emotional tweet, which he captioned ‘the final whistle’, Cabaye shared a statement which read: ‘It is with great emotion that after more than 17 years of passion, love for football, emotions greater than each other, memories that will forever remain serious in my memory, human encounters and unforgettable sports that I am announcing the end of my career as a professional footballer.
‘Even if this decision may seem obvious and unavoidable having passed 35 in the world of football, it is still difficult to take and to accept because my love for football is immense.
‘You have to know, then, to take a step back and especially measure the chance to have been able to live your passion, your childhood dream in order to be able to move forward.
‘I cannot thank enough all the people that I have been able to rub shoulders with over the past few years; my teammates, my coaches, my leaders and my presidents, the supporters of the clubs I have been through but also those of the France national team who encouraged me when I had the honour of wearing the shirt of my country.
‘Thank you my family, my friends as well as my agents who supported me and accompanies me throughout this adventure. Thank you to my five children, Myla, Charlize, Romy, Linoi and Maian for giving me so much love and strength to face certain difficult moments in the life of a footballer.
‘Thanks to all of you, I went beyond my dreams. Thank you from the heart. Yohan Cabaye.’
Coup de sifflet final … pic.twitter.com/8T7zoBNYUI
— Yohan Cabaye (@YCabayeofficiel) February 19, 2021
Newcastle tweeted: ‘Congratulations on a fantastic career @YCabayeofficiel and all the very best for the future!’ They also posted videos of two goals he scored for them against Manchester United.
After making his name with Lille, Cabaye joined Newcastle in 2011 , scoring 10 Premier League goals across his first two seasons and seven in 17 games in 2013-14 before he joined PSG in January with a bid of around £19m.
He struggled to establish himself with the Ligue 1 champions and returned to England with Crystal Palace in 2015, scoring nine goals in 96 league games.
Cabaye also had a short spell with Al Nasr before he finished his career back in his homeland with St Etienne.
Champions League: What we will do against Chelsea in second leg – Simeone
Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has said they will have a lot of work to do ahead of their second leg clash with Chelsea in the Champions League.
The LaLiga side lost 1-0 to Thomas Tuchel’s side on Tuesday night.
Olivier Giroud scored the only goal of the match in the second half.
As a result, Simeone’s side will have it all to do at Stamford Bridge in three weeks, as they seek to qualify for the quarter-final.
“Looking three weeks ahead is too far. We have a lot of games until then. We will be playing against an opponent with speed and will need to be able to stop it, to deal with forwards like Giroud and other powerful players.
“We need to have more of the ball and position ourselves better in attack. We’ll work on it, but we also have an important game against Villarreal.
“Work, work, work. I trust the team we have. If we were in the month of September and they told me we’ve lost but we’re still leading, I’d sign for it,” Simeone said.
Champions League: We didn’t let Atletico Madrid breathe – Tuchel
Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has said his side didn’t allow Atletico Madrid “breathe” as they won 1-0 in their Champions League last 16 on Tuesday night.
Olivier Giroud’s stunning overhead kick in the second half proved to be the winner, as the Blues claimed a huge advantage ahead of the second leg.
Tuchel admitted he prepared his team to face a defensive Atletico side.
Speaking to BT Sport, he said: “We knew it [Atletico packing their defence] could happen. We told the guys if it happens maybe it’s our quality and the respect. We wanted to be brave and play in their half.
“We knew they were ready to suffer with eight people in the box. The intention was to keep the intensity high. This is what we did very good. We never let them breathe or come out for counterattacks. We have a big reward with this result.
“This is one of the toughest challenges to open a defence like Atletico.”
Chelsea vs Man United: Tuchel issues strong warning to Chelsea players ahead of the game
Chelsea vs Man United – Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has warned his players not to allow complacency set in, ahead of this weekend’s clash with Manchester United.
Tuchel was speaking after the Blues’ 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.
The win puts the Stamford Bridge side in good stead to qualify for the quarter-final.
Chelsea will now return to Premier League action against United, hoping to extend their eight-game unbeaten run under Tuchel.
But Tuchel has said they “cannot get comfortable or get lazy” ahead of a crucial four-game stretch in their top four ambitions.
Tuchel said: “Honestly, we now play Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Leeds but this is good. We cannot get comfortable or get lazy.”
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