Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew admits clashing with Yohan Cabaye over the Arsenal transfer controversy.

Pardew yesterday revealed that he and Cabaye "had words" during the whole will-he, won't-he-leave debacle.

He said: "That was a difficult situation because I've got a great relationship with Yohan.

"When a player comes in and is trying to force a move, which really and truly he was trying to do - which happens at other clubs, we're not the only club that's happened to - then it's difficult and we had some words.

"I told him my opinion but the most important thing when you get through that process is coming out the other side that you're still intact. Fortunately, me and Yohan have come through that intact and that's important."

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