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Cabaye: I've come to PSG for trophies

Yohan Cabaye has said he moved to Paris Saint-Germain to win titles after completing his switch from Newcastle United.

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France international midfielder Cabaye, 28, signed a three-and-a-half-year deal at the Parc des Princes, with the transfer reportedly worth up to 23 million euros.

"I think it's difficult for a player to turn PSG down. I want to win titles, and PSG offers me that opportunity. There was no hesitation from me," he said.

"The most important thing is to win titles when you play football. I'm lucky to be part of this project. It's a big plus to team up again with Laurent Blanc [who has voiced his admiration for Cabaye], but that doesn't mean I'll get to play. The reason I came here is to win titles."

Cabaye said he had wanted to leave Newcastle when Arsenal made an offer for him last summer. The Magpies' refusal to let him go led to a stand-off between player and club, with some reports claiming he had threatened to go on strike.

But he insisted he did not bear a grudge, adding: "It's the sort of ups and downs that happen in a career. When an offer comes in, the player wants to go, the club wants to keep the player, and each is entrenched in his position. But now I'm not annoyed with anyone.

"It was tough to accept at the start but after taking a step back, and after what we've done in the last six months, it has proved the right decision."

However, some pundits in France are questioning whether Cabaye has made the right choice in moving to PSG.

With Italy internationals Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta, and France international Blaise Matuidi, functioning effectively in the midfield of Laurent Blanc's 4-3-3 formation Cabaye appears to be the odd man out, raising the prospect that he could spend more time on the bench than the pitch in the run-up to the World Cup.

"I took a risk going to Newcastle from Lille 12 months before the Euros [2012]. I adapted quite quickly and didn't worry about things, and it's the same here," Cabaye said, adding that he had not talked to national team coach Didier Deschamps about his return to France.

"If I'm here, it's my destiny. I don't ask myself whether it's going to go badly. It's a great club with great players, who have had a fine first half to the season. I have to adapt to my teammates and show them that I can contribute, too."

He added he was aware of claims that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva had voiced scepticism about what he could offer PSG, but was adamant that he would prove his worth.

"No-one knows if that's true or not, but everyone can think and say what they want," he explained. "If I play well, and pay back the confidence show shown in me, the doubts about me will perhaps disappear.

"It's a big European club, which means competition in each position. The midfield is very good. I have my qualities -- I'm going to try and bring to the team what I know how to do. Competition makes the team improve, and will improve me. I'm ready to give everything."


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