Newcastle Utd’s boss’ relationship intact with Cabaye

RELAXED ... United manager Alan Pardew, right, and Yohan Cabaye.
RELAXED ... United manager Alan Pardew, right, and Yohan Cabaye.
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ALAN Pardew says his relationship with Yohan Cabaye is intact – despite the midfielder’s strike at Newcastle United.

Cabaye refused to play in the club’s first two Premier League games in an attempt to force through a move to Arsenal, who had a £10m bid rejected.

The 27-year-old was fined by United for his actions, for which he later apologised.

And Cabaye returned to form in the win over Cardiff City earlier this month.

United manager Pardew told Goals on Sunday: “That was a difficult situation, because I’ve got a great relationship with Yohan.

“He tried to force the move. It happens at other clubs. We had some words. I told him my opinion.

“The most important thing, when you get through that process, is coming out the other side.

“Fortunately, we’ve come through that intact. That’s important.”

On Cabaye’s ability, he added: “He’s such a talent. He’s as good a midfield player as I’ve worked with.”