Cabella stronger for Toon experience

Marseille midfielder Remy Cabella has no regrets from his time with English club Newcastle United as he feels it made him a better footballer.

The 26-year-old Frenchman spent the 2014/15 season with the north-east club, playing 31 games and scoring once.

He returned to France with Marseille on loan, before making the switch permanent at the beginning of this campaign.

Marseille are currently struggling in 14th place with just two wins from eight games and Cabella revealed his frustration at having seen his side concede a late goal in their last clash with Angers after seemingly heading for victory from Florin Thauvin's second-half strike.

He told the Ligue 1 Show: "It was a real blow, and it really sums up our luck away from home so far. We're struggling in the final quarter of an hour or so. It's something we need to work on."

But Cabella remains upbest the club's fortunes will soon improve.

"At home we are going pretty well, as we're still undefeated. It'd be good to stay unbeaten at the Velodrome because away from home it has been a bit of a car crash.

"We can do much better, we've let too many points slip," he explained.

"We are playing better and better and I'm certain we'll continue to improve. We have a lot of new players and we haven't played much together. We need time to gel, but I think it's looking promising."

And on his Newcastle adventure, the former France international added: "It was a move that I'd always been keen to make. I have no regrets, even if there were some low points. I learned from the experience.

"I was always attracted to England – the big clubs, the style of football – but now that I'm back in France, and more experienced, I think that Spain could be better for me, maybe my style of play is more suited to the Spanish league.

"English football is not easy, it's not for everyone. I'd say you need some time to adapt. Every team is strong and that's what makes the league so tough. Some players are cut out for it, others aren't."

But like most footballer's Cabella has lofty ambitions: "I'm happy at OM, and if they want me here, I will stay as long as possible, and maybe even win some trophies and play in the Champions League. That's the dream."