There is some interesting news on the club’s website that seems to shed some added light into the inner machinations of the Cabaye transfer fiasco that had cast a shadow over Newcastle United’s start to the Premier League season.
It would appear that Yohan Cabaye did in fact refuse to play for Newcastle United in their first two league games this season, based on comments the Frenchman made to nufc.co.uk
This is what the Newcastle midfield star had to say,
“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.
“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.”
I must admit that I was extremely cynical about the club’s involvement in the Cabaye transfer situation. So much so, that I firmly believed that Cabaye had not refused to play at all but was, in fact,withheld by Mike Ashley in order to prevent any injury from occurring that would scupper plans to receive the full 25 million pounds that the Newcastle owner was reportedly looking for him.
Today’s comments certainly attempt to put a different spin on things, however, given the amount of lies, fabricated figures and false statements that have come from the club, (and still do! 30 million spent in January!?) it would not surprise me if the Newcastle United PR machine isn’t working overtime on this one.
Regardless of whether Cabaye refused to play or not, the fact of the matter is that Cabaye is a Newcastle United player, and as long as he gives 100% for the team, we should be supportive of him. The reception he received from the travelling Newcastle United support was first class, and we hope that Cabaye repays that back in kind with some top-notch performances, akin to those we grew accustomed to seeing from him in his impressive first season on Tyneside.
The best way to apologise to Newcastle United fans, is not through the club website, but on the pitch where it counts. Got on with it Yohan and we’ll forget all about it.