Yohan Cabaye:

"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 applause when leaving the field at Villa) 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.

"I'm okay. 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 teammates".

Asked if he believed he could represent France at the 2014 World Cup while with his present club:

"Yes, why not? I went to the European Championships playing for Newcastle so yes, I am confident that if I am on the pitch and playing well in the Premier League then I have a good chance of going to the World Cup.

"It is a good thing to be here in the World Cup year, if we qualify."

Asked how he feels playing for his present club:

"I was happy and I am still happy. I just want to try and score goals and play well. It is important I do that because Newcastle is my club and there is a World Cup at the end of the season, which I want to play in.

"It is very important to be right in my head and I am.

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