Newcastle United haven't been the same since they sold creative midfielder Yohan Cabaye to PSG in January, but it seems the former Magpie still has a soft spot for some of his former French teammates with the club, including doghoused midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, who didn't appear much for Alan Pardew's Newcastle team in the second half of the season.
He's featured in Yohan Cabaye's Newcastle squad however, at the No. 10 role, on Football Manager '14.
Is this a subtle shot at Alan Pardew or Yohan Cabaye just having some fun and supporting a former teammate in Ben Arfa while he's preparing for the World Cup? The former Magpie has offered words of support for Ben Arfa however and thinks he will bounce back next season.
"For me, this is one of the players I've played with who has the highest quality," Cabaye told reporters in France. "If he decides to return home, that will be good for the French league."
Outside of Ben Arfa, Cabaye had some other interesting starters for his 4-2-3-1 formation, including Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbwia and Gael Bigirmana all starting.