Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Remy Is Backing Cabaye to Shine; Cabaye Apologises to United Support

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Remy Is Backing Cabaye to Shine; Cabaye Apologises to United Support

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Byline: Mark Douglas Chief Sports Writer mark.douglas@ncjmedia.co.uk

LOIC Remy believes that apologetic Yohan Cabaye has buried the last of the lingering resentment over his summer strike.

Cabaye (pictured right) issued a public apology through Newcastle United's official website yesterday morning, taking advantage of the goodwill generated by the team's excellent performance at Aston Villa over the weekend to further re-integrate himself into the club he was hoping to leave last month.

Cabaye's performances will do most of the talking for him, but his acknowledgement that his conduct was not acceptable is a welcome part of a process that will hopefully help Newcastle to maintain the momentum they have built up on-the-field of late.

It certainly helps that Cabaye is no longer the only source of creativity in the team, with a fit-again Hatem Ben Arfa in brilliant form and Remy also making a positive early impression in black and white.

The striker says that his compatriot has been the model professional since returning to the fray following the fall-out from Arsenal's failed bid for him. He said: "Yohan is a good professional, so it was not a problem for him. He was not affected by what happened. That is in the past and he will look to the future. He is staying here, he knows he is staying here, so that will not be a problem at all."

Cabaye's exact words are an attempt to repair his relationship with the supporters, which - judging by the positive reaction of the away supporters at Villa Park - is not exactly beyond repair.

"If the fans were, or still are, mad at me for what happened, then I understand and I apologise to them," he said. "I want to come back from what has happened. Although

Cabaye's return to the fray has been noteworthy, it is the form of Ben Arfa that gives Newcastle fans most confidence leading into a run of critical home games. The France forward was hailed as "unplayable" by Pardew on Saturday and Remy feels that it is a major boost for the club to have a player capable of changing games in an instant. …

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