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Cabaye: 'I don't want to retire'

Publish on 22/05/2020 at 11h34 - D. CROSSAN

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Yohan Cabaye says he wants to carry on playing football beyond the expiry of his Saint-Etienne contract on June 30 - whether that's with Les Verts or elsewhere.

The 34-year-old midfielder, a double winner with LOSC in 2011 and Ligue 1 Conforama champion with PSG in 2014 and 2015, made 12 league starts for Saint-Etienne in an season disrupted by injury and then truncated by Covid-19.

Cabaye told L'Equipe: "I want to carry on playing football. I don't want to retire. This period when we've not been able to play has allowed me to measure to what extent it's my passion. I miss football enormously. It did me a lot of good, from a selfish point of view, to see competitive football last weekend in the Bundesliga, eve if playing behind closed doors takes away the fundamental nature of the sport. I want to play, whether it's at Saint-Etienne or elsewhere. My contract expires on June 30 and nothing has been decided."

Saint-Etienne are scheduled to take on Cabaye's old club PSG in the Coupe de France final but it's unclear whether the former French international will still be on the club's books when the final comes around.

Cabaye commented: "The coach Claude Puel spoke to me about an extension, and then he spoke about it publicly. We're in talks and I'm not closing any doors. It's the end of May, the foreign leagues aren't finished yet and we'll see what happens. I'm not ruling anything out."