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Pardew feels fortunate to have Cabaye at Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has praised midfielder Yohan Cabaye, saying the Eagles are 'fortunate' to have the French international at Selhurst Park.

Cabaye took the opportunity to reunite with his former Newcastle United manager Pardew when he joined Palace from Paris Saint-Germain for a club-record transfer fee during the summer.

"He delivers in training, he delivers on match day, he delivers when you're up against it," Pardew said of the 29-year-old.

"He can pull you out of the mire. That's what great players do – and that's what gets you into the French national side.

"If [French manager] Didier Deschamps wants to know how Yohan is performing, he'd need only see a recording of [Palace's 1-0 win over Southampton].

"He was terrific. He's settled in easily, the other players respect him and understand him, and he's a special talent.

"I'm fortunate to have him here but we as a club have earned that right to bring in good players like Yohan Cabaye.

"We need to go and find ourselves another one, maybe two, and then we'd be a really good team."

Gerard Laws
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