REMY Cabella says former Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye sold him on a move to St James’s Park.
The attacking midfielder has signed a six-year deal witrh the Magpies.
It emerged yesterday Newcastle only paid Montpellier £7million to land Cabella.
The 24-year-old – who can play on either flank or through the middle – was a late call-up to France’s World Cup squad.
Cabella spoke at length with Cabaye – who joined Paris St Germain in January – and his international countrymen Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy in Brazil about life on and off the pitch at United
Cabella also knows Newcastle’s Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa well, having won the Ligue 1 title with him at Montpellier.
And he says they convinced him that United was the right club at the right time for him.
“Cabaye and the other guys said I would feel good here,” Cabella told SportMail. “They spoke about the ambiance and the fantastic fans here.
“They said good things and complimented the club. It helped me know where I wanted to put my feet and what direction I wanted to go in.”
Cabaye tweeted Cabella a message yesterday, saying: “Congratulations my friend @RemyCabella10. You’ll enjoy yourself. And all the @NUFC fans will love you.”
United – who attempted to sign Cabella in January in the wake of Cabaye’s departure – renewed their interest in him in May.
But Montpellier rejected his first approach and a deal couldn’t be done before the World Cup.
Cabella, for his part, was relieved when the two clubs finally came to an agreement, having been “impatient” to sign for Newcastle after deciding it was the right time to leave the Stade de la Mosson.
“I was waiting with impatience to sign here,” said Cabella. “It was something I was really looking forward to.
“I was very eager to get over here and get the deal done, so I’m very happy that it’s all finished.”
Speaking about United’s interest in the last transfer window, he added: “At the time I was very focused on Montpellier – it was the middle of our season.
“There was always the possibility of coming here in the summer, which was something which gave me great pleasure.
“I’m glad to have finally arrived here.”