Cabaye in apology to Newcastle supporters

Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye has issued an apology to the club’s fans after he refused to play as a result of Arsenal’s attempts to sign him during the transfer window, Sky Sports has reported.

Arsenal had a bid in the region of £10m turned down by Newcastle in August and Cabaye was absent for the Magpies’ opening two Premier League fixtures, but has been reintegrated back into the side, coming on as a substitute against Fulham before making his first start of the campaign at Aston Villa on Saturday.

And after he was given a rousing ovation as he left the field at Villa Park, Cabaye admitted that he was moved by the fans’ support. He said: “It was very, very good to be back in the team; a really nice feeling. 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.

The French international arrived at St. James’ Park in the summer of 2011, and has since gone on to score 11 goals 75 appearances in all competitions.

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