Newcastle midfielder Cabaye apologises to fans following failed move to Arsenal

The Frenchman returned to action for the Magpies to a warm reception from the traveling fans on Saturday after a failed £10 million bid from Arsenal in the summer transfer window
Yohan Cabaye has apologised to Newcastle United fans following his first appearance for the Magpies after an unsuccessful transfer bid from Arsenal this summer.

Frenchman Cabaye played 88 minutes of Newcastle’s 2-1 victory at Aston Villa on Saturday, before being substituted to warm applause from the travelling fans.

The midfielder was subject to a £10 million bid from Arsenal during the summer transfer window, which Newcastle rejected for being too low, and was left out of the squad against Manchester City the day after the approach, with manager Alan Pardew claiming his "head had been turned."

He returned to the squad for the visit to Fulham, before making his first Premier League appearance of the campaign this weekend.

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

"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."

Cabaye, who has been capped 23 times by France, was left out of the recent World Cup qualifier against Georgia but hopes to be a part of the squad that travels to Brazil next summer.

"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," he explained.

"It is a good thing to be here (at Newcastle) in the World Cup year, if we (France) qualify."