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The former Chelsea player believes the Magpies star is so highly-regarded due to his form with the national side, claiming no one takes notice of his form at club level

France coach Didier Deschamps has claimed few people take any notice of Yohan Cabaye's form for Newcastle, instead insisting his performances for the national team have earned him his current status.

Former Lille star Cabaye arrived in the Premier League in 2011 for a fee in the region of £4.3 million, and has established himself as one of the most-coveted central midfielders in the top-flight, with Arsenal reportedly interested in acquiring his services.

Before his Newcastle move, the 26-year-old had just four caps compared to 19 now after the draw with Spain on Tuesday night. However, Deschamps believes his status nowadays is solely down to his performances for France, not the Magpies.

Speaking to reporters, Deschamps said: "One of my favourite sayings is: 'National team is above everything, you can play at the greatest clubs, but there is nothing stronger than winning with the shirt of your country'.

"I can give you an example - Yohan Cabaye. He didn't change his status because he joined Newcastle, it is because he has been called into the French team and he has matched expectation.

"Nowadays no-one could imagine the French team without him. But why?

"You really believe people look very closely at his performances with Newcastle? No, he got his status with Les Bleus, thanks to his good work for the French team."