Not even a French league and cup double and return to the Champions League could persuade Cabaye to stay with Lille for an additional season once Pardew and Newcastle came calling.
"I wanted to discover the Premier League and see if I could play here," he explained to the Daily Mail. "Newcastle were the only club to offer me the opportunity.
"It is a great club and for me that was enough. I believe we can get Newcastle back into Europe."
So what did Newcastle United mean to Cabaye before June?
"David Ginola," he says and he beams. "I can just remember watching him when I was a kid and he played against Manchester United and scored when Newcastle won 5-0."