Remy Cabella: French Newcastle United heroes inspire playmaker

David Ginola, Laurent Robert and Remy Cabella
Ginola and Robert set a standard for French players at Newcastle that Cabella wants to extend

Playmaker Remy Cabella is keen to continue the tradition of skilful French imports such as David Ginola and Laurent Robert at Newcastle United.

With 277 games between them, favourites Ginola and Robert impressed the Magpies supporters with flair and skill.

Cabella has followed in their footsteps with his arrival at Newcastle, signed from Montpellier on a six-year deal.

Remi Cabella to add to Magpies threat

"I remember both of them playing here, now I'm looking forward to making my name here," He told BBC Newcastle.

"I want to become another one of the greats."

Newcastle has become a popular destination for players from the French league, with Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Moussa Sissoko among the arrivals in recent seasons.

Their success, notably in the instance of Cabaye, signed by French champions Paris Saint-Germain for £19m in January, was a big incentive for Cabella, who will join some familiar faces at St James' Park.

"I do know a lot of the French players, Hatem [Ben Arfa], Massadio [Haidara] and Mapou [Yanga-Mbiwa], who I went to school with," added Cabella.

Newcastle's French stars (as of 14.07.2014)
Remy CabellaMassadio HaidaraMapou Yanga-Mbiwa
Mathieu DebuchyHatem Ben ArfaGabriel Obertan
Yoan Gouffran

"It helps a lot to know them, to integrate well and put in a good performance for the fans, it's something I'm really looking to invest in while I'm here."

The deal, Newcastle's fourth of the summer, was completed once Cabella's World Cup commitments with the France squad were completed.

"It was an absolutely enormous experience, being around all the big players, spending time with them and learning off them," continued the attacking midfielder.

"It was sad to be beaten [by eventual winners Germany] but it was good to be around lots of players of such a high level and quality."

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