'Newcastle not good enough for Cabella'
Montpellier president Louis Nicollin says that Remy Cabella will be free to leave this summer, but has once again urged the talented attacking midfielder not to join Newcastle.
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Cabella, 23, has scored 10 goals in Ligue 1 this season, and was repeatedly linked with a move to St James’ Park in January.
But not for the first time the outspoken Nicollin, 70, has risked infuriating fans of the Magpies.
"We promised to let [Cabella] leave," he told RMC Sport. "But I’ll advise him not to leave for just anywhere."
Speaking on a radio show hosted by ex-French international Luis Fernandez, Nicollin was asked whether he was suggesting that Newcastle would not be a good destination for Cabella.
"Don’t make me laugh. In England, you should play at Arsenal or Chelsea or either of the Manchester teams at a push.
"Newcastle? They’re good, aren’t they?" he scoffed.
RMC then queried what he would do if Newcastle came in with a 20 million euro offer for Cabella in the morning.
"I think I wouldn’t sell him," Nicollin replied. "I’m capable of doing that. I wouldn’t prevent him from leaving but he’s not made for that.
"Remember all the big players; first of all, they left their team, they went to a bigger French club and then they left [France] and had their career. Remy should do the same."
Montpellier have done business with Newcastle before with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa moving to the Magpies in January 2013, although Nicollin made it clear at the time that he was not happy with the defender's choice of club.
Nicollin told RMC that a club like Monaco would have the money to sign the likes of Cabella and his teammate Benjamin Stambouli, and he reiterated that he would advise both against a move to Alan Pardew’s side.
"Newcastle? That’s for sure," he continued. "Afterwards, Arsenal; Giroud is doing quite well.
"For my dear Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Newcastle isn’t paradise all the same."