Cabaye sorry Barton quit Newcastle for QPR

Yohan Cabaye is disappointed QPR skipper Joey Barton quit Newcastle United in the summer.

Yohan Cabaye is disappointed QPR skipper Joey Barton quit Newcastle United in the summer.

In a week where Barton has criticised the Newcastle directors, the Frenchman insisted he would still like to have Barton in the Toon team.

Cabaye told France Football : "I really wanted to meet him because, viewed from France, he really has a bad boy image, mostly after the incident with Ousmane Dabo.

"But as soon as I arrived, he introduced himself, and told me that if I need absolutely anything, he was there for me.

"He sat next to me in the dressing room. On the pitch, he was someone who gave everything. I think it is better to have him in your team than against you - he is an excellent player.

"We saw each other again before we played QPR and we sent each other some texts before the match. We have kept a good relationship even if we had not known each other very long."

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