Ask Kinnear about failed Arsenal move - Cabaye

The Frenchman insists Newcastle’s director of football is the only person who can explain why his proposed transfer to Arsenal at the start of the season broke down

Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye says Joe Kinnear is the only man who can explain why his move to Arsenal at the beginning of the season failed to materialise.

Kinnear was controversially appointed the Magpies' director of football in June by chairman Mike Ashley, and criticised for the club's lack of transfer activity in the summer.

Cabaye looked set to swap St. James’ Park for the Emirates Stadium following the Gunners’ £10m bid but the offer was rejected by the Magpies.

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“Was my failed transfer to Arsenal difficult to swallow? At first, yes,” the Frenchman told reporters.

“But you have to quickly get focused again, because if you on thinking about it you have a grudge against a lot of people and that is useless.

“The only person who can explain what happened is Joe Kinnear. If he is honest, he will tell it. Otherwise it will not get out of my mouth.”

When asked about the Newcastle fans who booed the midfielder upon his return, Cabaye added: “The fans’ state of mind was due to what the club wanted to let them know.

“As I didn’t talk and I won’t give any explanation about what happened, they chose their side. That is part of a career, but I bear no grudge against no-one. I accept it, it is in the past.”

Cabaye has since apologised and pledged his commitment to Newcastle as he sets about trying to secure a place in France’s squad for next year’s World Cup.

“I missed the French team, but my situation made me not callable for some time,” he admitted.

“Now that I am back, my objective is to stay as long as possible, with the hope of going to play at next year’s World Cup in June.”