On 29 January 2014, Newcastle United sold Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain in a deal that clearly upset a number of the St. James’ Park faithful.
It is understood The Magpies received a fee of around £22.5million, via Transfermarkt, for the midfielder, making him their fourth largest sale in the club’s history.
Cabaye, who made his Premier League debut for Newcastle in their goalless draw against Arsenal on 13 August 2011, became a cult hero amongst the Geordies during his time, although it was not without controversy.
The former France international had allegedly refused to play for Alan Pardew’s side at the beginning of the 2013-14 season following the club’s decision to reject a bid from Arsenal, per BBC Sport.
However, fans quickly forgot about that when he started to perform on the pitch and judging by many of their reactions, they were devastated to hear that he was being sold and provided their reactions on Twitter.
@NUFCOfficial total lack of ambition selling our best players 🙁 then insult our intelligence by pretending to try and sign replacements.
— Ian Gregory (@iangregory70) January 29, 2014
— Toonno1 (@toonno1) January 29, 2014
— John Mountz (@jmountz1) January 29, 2014
@NUFCOfficial Great work guys…. selling our best player. Thanks for that. By the way, you got any Onesis in stock?
— Morgan™ (@paulm1980) January 29, 2014
— James Keatley (@jkeatley1892) January 29, 2014
“@NUFCOfficial: CONFIRMED: Newcastle United can confirm the sale of Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain" absolutely gutted
— Ryy (@R_matthews96) January 29, 2014
@NUFCOfficial massive well done to mr ashley again for selling out best player.
— Ian Rogers (@Ian_isonfire) January 29, 2014
Cabaye had made a name for himself during his time at Lille, which led to Newcastle being able to snap him up for a bargain fee of £4.5m, per Transfermarkt.
During his two-and-a-half seasons on Tyneside, he created a cult status with the performances he produced and was largely effective in the team.
He scored 17 goals and provided 10 assists in his 79 top-flight appearances for The Magpies and helped guide them to a fifth-place finish under Pardew in 2012.
The Frenchman had the ability to dictate play from the middle of the park and kept the tempo ticking as he managed to play an influential role that would lead him to a switch to PSG.
However, things did not pan out as the 33-year-old would have liked at the Ligue One outfit as he was sent back to the Premier League after one season joining Crystal Palace.
Following a three-year spell in London with The Eagles, he headed to Dubai and played for Al-Nasr, although that venture lasted just six months and has since become a free agent.
Newcastle fans – thoughts?