Newcastle United chief Joe Kinnear has defended their sale of Yohan Cabaye to PSG.

The former Wimbledon and Nottingham Forest manager defended the sale of Cabaye and said they only let him go because the Frenchman was desperate to play Champions League football.

He said: "Of course it is disappointing that Yohan Cabaye has moved on after two-and-a-half seasons at St James' Park.

"We didn't want to sell him, make no bones about that, but Yohan made it very clear to us that the opportunity of playing Champions League football and being part of the sporting project at PSG was something he wanted.

"On that basis, we felt that if we received an acceptable bid for him, then it was the right decision for the club to do business."