Cabaye unconcerned by lack of games
Yohan Cabaye is not concerned his lack of playing time at Paris Saint-Germain could cost him his World Cup place and believes France coach Didier Deschamps "is rather happy I don't play every game".
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Cabaye, 28, joined PSG from Newcastle United in January, changing status from key first-team player to luxury back-up in the process, and has made just five starts in 11 league appearances for the French champions since his switch to the Parc des Princes.
However, the former Lille man told RMC he did not believe Deschamps, who has previously stated players must be involved at club level to be considered for international duty, was too concerned with him spending more time on the bench than the pitch as it will keep him fresh for the World Cup.
"It's not a question I'm asking myself. I'm focussing on the positives in Paris. I have less playing time than at Newcastle, but I'm at a very big club, surrounded by great players and I'm playing to win trophies, that's the most important thing for me," said Cabaye, who is part of the league-leading PSG squad that will face Lyon in Saturday's Coupe de la Ligue final.
"I have also heard that Didier Deschamps is rather happy that I don't play every game. We'll see afterwards what the coach is going to decide to do with me, but I'll work to be ready, there's no problem with that."
Though restricted to a bit-part role for PSG, Cabaye will almost certainly be central to Deschamps' plans for Brazil. He cemented his place in the starting lineup with an inspirational display in France's 3-0 playoff second-leg triumph over Ukraine, which clinched their World Cup berth in November, and believes he and his teammates can be successful in South America.
"I think we have to be ambitious, even if it's tough to say that we'll go to the semis or the final. It's events on the pitch that will dictate that. The first game will set the tone for many things. The main objective is to get out of the group, and we'll then do all we can to go as far as possible."