YOHAN Cabaye has claimed he had an “agreement” to leave Newcastle United in this month’s transfer window.
Cabaye yesterday completed a £20m-plus move to Paris Saint-Germain.
However, Joe Kinnear, United’s director football, claimed earlier this month that there would be no departures.
Kinnear told Sky Sports: “I will not let any player leave Newcastle United in this transfer window.”
Cabaye had attempted to force through a move to Arsenal last August.
Newcastle turned down Arsene Wenger’s £10m bid, and Cabaye hit form after returning to the fold.
But the 28-year-old made it clear to the club that he wanted to leave when PSG finally firmed up their long-standing interest in him.
And Cabaye thanked United for facilitating his move to the Parc de Princes, where he has been reunited with his former France coach Laurent Blanc.
“I want to thank everyone and Newcastle for allowing me to make this move,” said Cabaye, who is eligible to play in the Champions League for the Ligue 1 club.
“It was difficult to turn down such a huge club. Newcastle respected the agreement we had to allow me to leave this January. I had a wonderful time over there, I want to thank the manager, the staff.
“I am very, very happy to return to France.
“The offer from Paris Saint-Germain was hard to refuse, I want to win titles and PSG offer me that so it is an ideal club. I did not hesitate.
“I am proud to have a chance to be a part of this ambitious project, to have the opportunity to win titles and play in the Champions League.”
Reflecting on his time at St James’s Park, Cabaye added: “I had two and a half extraordinary years there and discovered the Premier League with them.”
United issued a statement which insisted the club did not want to lose Cabaye.
It read: “The club wanted to keep him.
“But the lure of Champions League football, and the prospect of being involved in the sporting project at PSG, was an opportunity that Yohan made very clear to us he wanted to take.”