Yohan Cabaye apologises to Newcastle fans following interest from Arsenal during the summer

The Gunners made a £10m bid which unsettled the Frenchman

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Yohan Cabaye has issued an apology to Newcastle fans after his transfer to Arsenal did not materialise.

A bid of £10m from the Gunners had been rejected last month, and the France midfielder has allayed fears that his head has been turned by Arsene Wenger’s interest – despite missing two matches in an effort to reportedly force Newcastle to sell him –  insisting he is happy and committed for this season at St James’ Park.

The 27-year-old was loudly applauded by Magpies’ supporters when he was substituted during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat of Aston Villa, and Cabaye was delighted with the reaction.  

"(The fans' response) 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," he told www.nufc.co.uk.

"I want to come back from what has happened. I was happy and I am still happy.

"I just want to try and score goals and play well.

"It was very, very good to be back in the team; a really nice feeling."

Worryingly for Newcastle fans, however, Cabaye is not looking past this season with his new-found commitment at the club, adding:

"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.

"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."