YOHAN Cabaye has defended under-fire Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew.
Cabaye, sold to Paris Saint-Germain in January, says he is “sad” about the plight of his former club at the foot of the Premier League.
But the midfielder does not think Pardew should shoulder all the blame for United’s predicament.
“I keep looking at the club and at the results, and I’m a bit sad about the situation because the people there deserve much better,” said Cabaye.
“The manager is in trouble now, but he shouldn’t get all the complaints because it’s not only about him, so I am sad for him and want to wish him all the best.”
On United owner Mike Ashley, he added: “The owner was fantastic with me and my family as well.
“He told the truth to me all the time. He did what he said he would, so I cannot complain. My time at Newcastle was happy and I will never forget it.”
Asked about his move to big-spending PSG, the France international said: “PSG is now one of the biggest teams in Europe, so I didn’t want to let it go and pass up on that chance.
“I think the manager understood it and that was my principal reason (to leave).
“I didn’t have the opportunity to speak with him or even to call him, but I know that if he texted me, called me or wanted to meet me in Paris, I would do it with pleasure.
“I just want to give him back whatever he gave me.”
Cabaye added: “He’s a good manager and is going to stay that way in my mind.”