NEWCASTLE United star Yohan Cabaye has apologised to fans after looking to move away from the club in the summer.
And the midfielder insists he is committed to the cause, after a move to Arsenal failed to materialise during the transfer window
Cabaye was not involved in United’s first three games of the new season – against Manchester City, West Ham and Morecambe – with Newcastle manager Alan Pardew saying the player’s head had been turned due to an unsuccessful £10m bid from the Gunners.
Cabaye came off the bench against Fulham last month, and was back in the starting line-up for the first time on Saturday, helping the Magpies to a 2-1 victory at Aston Villa.
The Frenchman was taken off two minutes from time at Villa Park, and received a fantastic ovation from the travelling supporters, in stark contrast to the boos which greeted his appearance against Fulham.
“It was very, very good to be back in the team; a really nice feeling,” Cabaye 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.
“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.”
When asked how he was feeling after a tough few weeks for both him and the cub, Cabaye told the club’s official website: “I’m OK. This is football.
“In your career, you do not have a career without bad moments.
“I have moved on and now in my head I just want to work really hard, to get back in the team every week and to help the team - that is the most important thing for me.
“I want to forget what happened during the summer, I want to put it behind me and give everything for Newcastle every day, for the club and for my team-mates.”