Yohan Cabaye

Newcastle United today (Friday, June 10) confirmed the signing of France international midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

The former Lille player, 25, joins United on a five-year contract.

Born in Tourcoing, Lille, in the north-east of France, Cabaye came through the Lille Academy making his senior debut in 2004. Since then he has amassed more than 250 appearances for the club, scoring 39 goals. Last season he was part of the Lille side that won the league and cup double.

Cabaye made his debut for France on August 9, 2010, against Norway and won the most recent of his four caps on Thursday (June 9) in Warsaw as Les Bleus beat Poland 1-0.

He said: "This is a fantastic move for me. I have enjoyed great times with Lille but the time is right now to test myself against the best and playing for Newcastle United in the Premier League does just that.

"My first impressions of the club and the city are that it is a lovely place and the stadium is magnificent.

"Now that I have signed I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the team, working with Alan Pardew and his staff, but most of all playing for Newcastle United and their supporters."

Magpies manager Alan Pardew added: "We are delighted to have signed Yohan on a five-year contract.

"He has a first class pedigree having proved himself at the top level in France, both for his club and the national team. He will add great quality to our squad and I am really looking forward to working with him."

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