Newcastle star apologises to fans
Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye has apologised to the club’s fans after attempting to force through a move to Arsenal in the summer transfer window.
According to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, the Frenchman refused to play in the Magpies’ first three games of the season as reports of a move to the Gunners gathered pace.
However, the move failed to materialise and Cabaye remained at Gallowgate, with Arsenal eventually deciding to splash out in excess of £42million on German playmaker Mesut Ozil.
Cabaye was booed by some sections of the St James’ Park crowd as he returned to the fray as a substitute against Fulham in late-August, as fans made their feelings towards his actions clear.
However, he was given a rousing reception by the away support at Villa Park on Saturday as Newcastle made it two wins out of two in the league with victory over Aston Villa.
The 27-year-old told Newcastle’s official website after the game how pleased he was to be both back in the team, and back in the hearts of the club’s supporters.
However, he was also keen to apologise to fans who are still unhappy with the way he acted in August.
He was reported by the website as saying: “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.
“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.”
When asked how he was feeling after a difficult few weeks, Cabaye added: “I’m okay. This is football.
“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.”
Cabaye is expected to be a part of France’s squad for next summer’s World Cup, should they qualify for the finals in Brazil.
He has insisted he is happy at Newcastle, and that the club do match his ambitions as a player.
Cabaye continued: “Yes, why (can I) not (achieve my ambitions here)?
“I went to the European Championships playing for Newcastle so yes, I am confident that if I am on the pitch and playing well in the Premier League then I have a good chance of going to the World Cup.
“It is a good thing to be here (at Newcastle) in the World Cup year, if we (France) qualify.
“I was happy and I am still happy.
“I just want to try and score goals and play well.
“It is important I do that because Newcastle is my club and there is a World Cup at the end of the season, which I want to play in.
“It is very important to be right in my head and I am.”