Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye apologises for Arsenal transfer saga
Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye apologises to Magpies fans for his part in the summer transfer saga linking him to Arsenal
Yohan Cabaye has issued an apology to Newcastle United supporters for his part in the summer transfer saga which saw him come close to an Arsenal move.
The Gunners tested Newcastle’s resolve with a £10m bid for the France international in August, but the Magpies held firm and reiterated their desire to keep the former Lille man at St James’ Park.
Reportedly unhappy at Newcastle’s stance, Cabaye was ommitted from Alan Pardew’s squad for the opening two Premier League games of the season before making a second-half appearance in a 1-0 win against Fulham.
The 27-year-old completed 90 minutes of a 2-1 win at Aston Villa on Saturday, and Cabaye attempted to make amends for his behaviour this summer by apologising to Newcastle fans.
“It was very, very good to be back in the team; a really nice feeling,” Cabaye told Newcastle’s website.
“The most important thing for me is to be on the pitch and to play. I want to do my best for the club, for the team, for everyone and, of course, I want to win every game we play.
“The ovation was very nice to hear. If the fans were – or still are – mad at me for what happened then I understand and I apologise to them.
“I want to come back from what has happened. For Newcastle fans, football is their life and I want to say that I am going to give everything – as I have from my first day here – from today until the end of the season.
“In your career you do not have a career without bad moments. I have moved on and now in my head I just want to work really hard, to get back in the team every week and to help the team – that is the most important thing for me.
“I want to forget what happened during the summer, I want to put it behind me and give everything for Newcastle every day, for the club and for my team-mates.”