Newcastle United’s French legion has gained another new member, as Remy Cabella has joined the Magpies from Montpellier for a fee believed to be around $20 million.
Cabella, 24, has signed a six-year deal at St. James’ Park after returning from the World Cup with France this summer.
The attacking midfielder has been chased by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew for quite some time and Cabella will fit in nicely with plethora of Frenchman already plying their trade in the North East.
Cabella scored 14 goals last season for Montpellier as they narrowly avoided relegation from Ligue 1, but just two years ago he was an integral member of their squad won the French title. He has quick feet and is creative player will add an extra attacking option for Pardew in midfield, as his side aim to improve on their 10th place finish during the 2013-14 Premier League season.
With French players Moussa Sissoko, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yoann Gouffran, Mapou Yanga-Mbwia, Massadio Haidara, Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux already at Newcastle, Cabella should feel right at home.
However French international right back Matheiu Debuchy looks poised to seal his switch to Arsenal ahead of the new season, as he will follow in the footsteps of countryman Yohan Cabaye and leave Newcastle.
Cabella is Pardew’s fourth signing of the summer transfer window, as he joins Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez in the Magpies’ squad. Newcastle’s scouts seem to have found plenty of value in the French top-fight in recent years and are sticking with their strong connections in France to propel them forward this season.
Let’s see if Cabella will follow in Cabaye’s footsteps, or Obertan’s…
After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.
The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury.
Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”
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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.
If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.
To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.
Mario Gotze could be out of action until 2016 after picking up a groin injury on international duty.
The Bayern Munich midfielder suffered a tendon tear in his abductor muscle while stretching for a ball in Germany’s 1-0 loss to Ireland in EURO qualifiers on Thursday. He was taken off in the 35th minute.
Ruled out for 10-12 weeks, Gotze is likely to miss the rest of the first half of the season for Bayern. Their last league match of 2015 is on December 19, which is 11 weeks away. The Bundesliga then goes on winter break, with Bayern’s next match not until January 23.
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Gotze will miss both of Bayern’s upcoming Champions League matches against Arsenal, which is good news for the Gunners as they are in desperate need of a result.
However, Arjen Robben is back in training and will make his return to action within the coming weeks. After starting the Bundesliga seasons with eight wins out of eight, Robben’s return would add just another weapon to Pep Guardiola’s dominant attack.
Robben has not played since being injured in early September while playing for the Netherlands, and could feature for Bayern against Werder Bremen next week.