Will Nasri news lead to increased pressure on Newcastle?

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Manchester City assistant boss David Platt has revealed that Samir Nasri remains very important to the first team.

That will come as a very big shock to Newcastle United because it logically makes Paris Saint-Germain more likely to go after their key player Yohan Cabaye.

Several national papers suggested last month that PSG were looking at both Frenchmen as they seek out targets, who can improve their squad and enhance the French identity of the football club.

That seems to be a very important factor in the imminent transfer decisions PSG are going to make so there is a very realistic chance the French giants will take a good luck at Cabaye if they are going to strengthen their midfield.

Nasri has not been playing as much as he would have liked, making only 25 Premier League appearances this season which led to suggestions that he could seriously be heading back to France.

However, Platt has seemingly ruled out that possibility urging Nasri to show the sort of consistency which can make him indispensible to Roberto Mancini.

“Samir, since he has been here, has blown hot and cold. When he has been hot he has been absolutely roasting - I don't think he has had bad games. He is a very important player for us,he told the Manchester Evening News.

That means PSG could turn their attention to now trying to poach Cabaye away from Newcastle, where his status as a consistent and high quality performer under pressure has started to come under a little bit of doubt.

Cabaye had a groin injury which ruled him out for a good chunk of the season earlier in the campaign, but since his return, Newcastle have failed to show the sort of form they produced with him in the side before that injury.

There have been plenty of reports of divisions within the Newcastle squad, with Cabaye one of the high profile individuals from the majority of French players in the side.

However, in terms of his quality and the sort of form he’s capable of he remains a very important player for Newcastle and he’s on a long contract to 2016, which demonstrates his value and importance to the club.

Money isn’t an issue for PSG, it’s just a case of which of their numerous transfer targets they can realistically go after and out of the two, Cabaye now seems the more likely to head back to France.

Newcastle could well have divisions within the dressing room but Cabaye is too important for them to let leave without a fight. Here’s to hoping that Alan Pardew can create a more harmonious atmosphere which will give him no excuse to leave.

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