French midfielder sorry for disrupted start to the season.
Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has apologised to the club’s fans for his behaviour during interest from Arsenal in this summer’s transfer window, according to Sky Sports.
The 27-year-old was the subject of much transfer speculation during pre-season, with French giants PSG also thought to be interested in luring the highly talented playmaker away from St James’ Park, after Newcastle endured a disappointing campaign last season.
Cabaye seemed in particular to have his head turned by interest from Arsenal, and he notably asked to sit out the Magpies’ first game of the season away to Manchester City due to this distraction.
In the end the former Lille star ended up staying at the club, after Newcastle rejected a bid of £10m from the Gunners and the north London side seemingly weren’t willing to go higher, and he insists he is now fully focused on helping Alan Pardew’s side to have a good season in the Premier League.
Cabaye understands he may not be in the good books of the club’s fans at the moment, and hopes he will be able to win them back after this transfer saga.
“It was very, very good to be back in the team; a really nice feeling,” he said on the club’s official website.
“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.”