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."
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