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Ex-Newcastle, PSG and Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye announces retirement

Former Newcastle, PSG and Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye has announced his retirement.

Cabaye saw his one-year contract with Saint-Etienne expire at the end of last season and the Frenchman has decided to call it a day after 543 appearances at six different clubs.

Cabaye posted to social media: "It is with great emotion that after more than 17 years of passion, love for football, emotions greater than each other, memories that will forever remain serious in my memory, human encounters and unforgettable sports that I am announcing the end of my career as a professional footballer.

"Even if this decision may seem obvious and unavoidable having passed 35 in the world of football, it is still difficult to take and to accept because my love for football is immense.

"You have to know, then, to take a step back and especially measure the chance to have been able to live your passion, your childhood dream in order to be able to move forward.

"I cannot thank enough all the people that I have been able to rub shoulders with over the past few years; my teammates, my coaches, my leaders and my presidents, the supporters of the clubs I have been through but also those of the France national team who encouraged me when I had the honour of wearing the shirt of my country.

"Thank you my family, my friends as well as my agents who supported me and accompanies me throughout this adventure. Thank you to my five children, Myla, Charlize, Romy, Linoi and Maian for giving me so much love and strength to face certain difficult moments in the life of a footballer.

"Thanks to all of you, I went beyond my dreams. Thank you from the heart. Yohan Cabaye."

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