Pardew: Manchester United target Cabaye not for sale

Alan Pardew

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has rejected claims that the France international could be sold, calling Cabaye one of the best midfielders in the world.

Yohan Cabaye’s future has been up in the air somewhat this summer, with the France international being linked to Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco in the press over the last number of months.

Despite this, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is in no mood to humour such speculation, and has stated that Cabaye will remain at St James’ Park.

“It [the speculation] can only be good for Yohan's confidence, so if clubs want to get involved, good luck to them," the Newcastle manager said on Saturday after a 1-1 friendly draw with Portuguese side Braga.

"He's one of the best midfielders in the world and we want to keep him."

Big-spending PSG’s interest was confirmed this week when boss Laurent Blanc put a cat amongst the pigeons by saying Cabaye deserved to play at a ‘big club’.

"He is a very good player. I have not changed my mind (about him),” Blanc said.

"For now, he is at Newcastle. I have also read he is in Tottenham's plans. Newcastle, Tottenham or Paris - I hope he will still be at a big club in September."

Earlier in the summer Cabaye told French media that he would ‘welcome a move to Manchester United’, but the Premier League champions appear to be concentrating their efforts on other more high-profile targets.

Newcastle had a below-par campaign in 2012-13, and hopes will be high that the Magpies can start strongly this term and look to get back into the top half of the division.

Should the North East club sell Cabaye those chances would take a considerable hit. Pardew’s comments will come as relief for the Newcastle fans, who know more than anyone the attributes that the France international possesses.

Cabaye was victim of an under-performing Newcastle team last season, and from a personal perspective will look to improve in the upcoming campaign. His debut season in England was a revelation, with the midfielder a key reason behind Newcastle fighting for a top-four place.

Last season with Cabaye off the boil slightly at times, Newcastle struggled and were not the same force as the season before. Keeping Cabaye fit and happy at the club will have a huge impact on Newcastle’s chances this season, and Pardew’s statement of intent to keep him at St James’ is a massive boost for the side ahead of the season start.

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