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France boss Deschamps: Cabaye has regained influence with Crystal Palace

France manager Didier Deschamps has heaped praise on Yohan Cabaye for rediscovering his very best form.


The 29-year-old midfielder left Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain to join Crystal Palace in the summer and although he has taken a step down in stature, his form has given Les Bleus boss Deschamps a sense of confidence heading into upcoming international friendlies.

Cabaye has been in sparkling form for the Eagles under Alan Pardew, guiding the South London club to fourth place on the league table, and Deschamps is hoping that now transforms into the international stage as France prepare for matches against Armenia and Denmark this week and next.

"Re-birth is a big word for an international player like him," Deschamps said.

"He did not play often enough with his club, or at least not during the important games. It was frustrating for him.

"We spoke before he made this decision to join Crystal Palace. He chose sports over other things. He is joining a smaller club, with a coach who was very anxious to sign him up, and now he does not need to wonder whether he will play the next game or not.

"It changes many things for him in terms of habits and pace. He also scored penalties and recent games showed he has regained a satisfying level of influence."

Andrew Slevison
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