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
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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