With the somewhat shock news of Yohan Cabaye’s switch to the Middle East and the signing of a new contract with UAE side Al Nasr the other day, that deal has now been confirmed by the player himself on his Instagram account.
He was out of contract this summer but the club were hopeful, as were the fans, that he would commit to an extension, but that sadly wasn’t the case and he departs Selhurst Park after his three-year stint with us.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) July 4, 2018
The 32-year-old arrived at Palace for a reported £10million back in the summer of 2015 from Paris Saint-Germain and he went on to make 109 appearances for us across all competitions, giving us a goal return of ten in that time.
Taking to social media to give fans a personal goodbye, Cabaye spoke of enjoying his time at the club and he thanked the fans for their support of him.
First of all, I would like to say thank you to everyone involve at the @cpfc family. You’ve been amazing with me since day 1 and it’s been a pleasure to work alongside you. You will always be special to me and I’ll never forget my time at selhurst. Huge thank you to the fans also, if we are still in the prem, it’s also because of your support! So thank you, I gonna miss you ❤️ ???? and I wish you all the best this season. Now I’m a @alnasr_sc player and I’m excited to start my new chapter… New shirt, New club but same number ???????? #grateful #move #football #dubai #southlondonandproud #alnasr
Whilst the news did come out of the blue for supporters, Steve Parish told Crystal Palace FC.
“I spoke to Yohan yesterday and he explained he wanted a different challenge. We wish him all the best and thank him for his time at Palace. We had some great moments together and he will always be welcome back.”
Very special signing. The day we got him in the squad was the day i felt our team became truly premier league standard.
— Blue Lathreggy (@bluelathreggy) July 4, 2018
Are you trying to make me cry? ????
— Nick ???? (@Nick_CPFC) July 4, 2018
Once an eagle always an eagle ????????????????
— Ben (@Corxgeous75) July 4, 2018
He will be missed but it’s not the end for us so come on cpfc board lets get some new faces over the line soon so at least Roy will have sometime to work with them before the new season starts COYP
— Mick Holder (@holder_mick) July 4, 2018
Thanks for everything Yohan. You did a good job. Enjoy your new challenge.
— John (@Johnedwarddiver) July 4, 2018
Thanks for the memories Yohan and for being a huge part in taking us to another level. Wish you every success for the future. You will be missed at Selhurst Park.
— Holmesdale Cravatics???????????????????????????? (@HC15OnTour) July 4, 2018
Gutted to lose you Yo, been an absolute pleasure. All the best ❤️????
— Ant Godwyn (@antgodwyn) July 4, 2018