Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye has apologised to fans after an eventful summer which saw the Frenchman supposedly refuse to play for the club amid reports of a potential switch to Premier League rivals Arsenal.
27-year-old Cabaye has impressed hugely at St. James' Park since his June 2011 switch from Ligue 1 outfit Lille, and such consistent form saw him linked with a move away from the North East this summer.
Arsene Wenger's Arsenal, who eventually completed a £42.5 million deal to sign German playmaker Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid with just hours remaining on transfer deadline day, were believed to be the frontrunners for Cabaye's signature and reportedly tabled a £10 million bid shortly prior to Newcastle's 2013/14 Premier League opener against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Despite that bid being rejected however, Cabaye didn't feature for Alan Pardew's side in that heavy 4-0 defeat or indeed in subsequent fixtures against West Ham and League 2 outfit Morecambe.
With the transfer window firmly closing with Cabaye still a Newcastle player, he returned to the starting lineup for Saturday's 2-1 win at Aston Villa. And following such an uncertain summer, Cabaye has offered an apology to Toon fans and has insisted that he wants to do his best for the club.
In an interview with the club's official website, Cabaye said: "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," he added.
Newcastle endured a difficult summer in the transfer market. In addition to being forced to fend off significant interest in Cabaye, the club were unable to make any permanent additions to their squad, despite the appointment of director of football Joe Kinnear. To the dismay of supporters, only Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy arrived on a season-long loan deal.
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