Cabaye was linked with Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool when it became clear that he was surplus to requirements at Paris St Germain, but was eventually reunited with his former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace.
Palace broke their club record by more than £3m by paying £10m for the French midfielder, who has already settled in well on his return to the Premier League.
Despite insisting that he is extremely happy to be part of the Palace set-up, Cabaye admits that there were no offers from bigger clubs in England or abroad.
“No one from the big clubs came forward, but it’s not a default choice, far from it,” the midfielder said. “I have been reunited with my former coach and I was not heading into the unknown. I feel really good.”
Cabaye also spoke to the London Evening Standard about being frozen out in Paris.
“It’s hard when you know you’re in a team where you’re going to try things, and – in the end – when you try them, sometimes you pull them off and sometimes not,” he said.
“And if you don’t succeed, you’re taken off. You try things, and you get two or three looks as soon as you make a mess of one pass.
“I know that when I arrived, perhaps there were certain players that didn’t want me to come. As soon as there was a ball lost, an interception missed or not the right pass, people would shout, would look at you strangely.”