English Premiership

Cabaye the key for Pardew's Palace

2015-07-23 14:42
Yohan Cabaye (Supplied)

Cape Town - Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has hailed the attributes of the club's record signing Yohan Cabaye. 

Cabaye joined the Eagles from PSG on July 10 in a deal which saw the French midfielder become the London club's most expensive signing.

The 29-year-old midfielder penned a three-year deal at Crystal Palace, reuniting with Alan Pardew after the pair spent time together at Newcastle United.

Speaking to Sport24, the club's manager spoke highly of the player ahead of the Cape Town Cup, which begins on Friday, and is looking forward to working with Cabaye again.

"He is a player I know well. He has a fantastic intelligence for the game" said Pardew.

"He knows when to the keep the ball, when to attack and when to defend."

Pardew said that Cabaye's intelligence will be key to his Crystal Palace side going forward and the manager is looking to the influential midfielder to bring together a side which Pardew says "has a lot of assets" but need to be brought together.

Pardew confirmed Cabaye's participation this weekend, which will please both the club's fans ahead of the new season but also the local crowd.

The Crystal Palace manager confirmed that all new signings, including striker Patrick Bamford (on loan from Chelsea), will feature in the event which will be played at the Cape Town Stadium.

SuperSport United face Crystal Palace at 17:45 on Friday.

In the later game, Sporting Lisbon will play Ajax Cape Town.

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