"Last summer I wasn't able to leave but then there was another opportunity this winter and they respected the agreement we had," The Mirror quotes him as saying. "So I'd like to say a big 'Thank you' to them.
"It's true that there was an offer from Arsenal over the summer that was rejected and then the discussions stopped. There was interest there because they made Newcastle an offer for me but Newcastle decided not to accept it.
"That was their choice and at the start it was hard to take, but looking back on things and considering how we played in the subsequent six months, it was the right choice."
Cabaye joined Newcastle from Lille in 2011.