Magpies star claims only one man knows why his Gunners switch failed.
Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye believes that the club’s Director of Football Joe Kinnear is the only man who can explain why his summer switch to Arsenal failed to materialise, Sky Sports reports.
The Gunners came in with an offer for the 27-year-old on the eve of the season, something which prompted anger from Alan Pardew, who believed the north London outfit were attempting to unsettle their star.
Pardew quickly dropped Cabaye from the starting XI, claiming that his head had been turned enough to warrant a spell on the sidelines. However, since then he has clawed his way back into action and have even apologised to the fans for the whole ordeal.
Currently in France with on national team duty, he was asked by reporters what happened with his move to Arsenal.
“Was my failed transfer to Arsenal difficult to swallow? At first, yes,” he said.
“But you have to quickly get focused again, because if you go on thinking about it you have a grudge against a lot of people and that is useless.
“I quickly forget about it and go back to work.”
And Cabaye also insisted that he holds no grudges over the Newcastle fans that booed him during the transfer saga.
“The fans’ state of mind was due to what the club wanted to let them know,” he said.
“As I didn’t talk and I won’t give any explanation about what happened, they chose their side. That is part of a career, but I bear no grudge against no one. I accept it, it is in the past.”
Cabaye admitted that only Kinnear could reveal the truth behind the situation.
He said: “The only person who can explain what happened is Joe Kinnear. If he is honest, he will tell it. Otherwise it will not get out of my month.”