Pardew unworried by Cabaye interest
Alan Pardew believes Yohan Cabaye is ‘fully committed’ to Newcastle after playing down concerns that the midfielder will be leaving St James’ Park this summer.
Cabaye, 27, endured a difficult second season in England, and has spent much of the summer being linked with a move away from Tyneside.
Having been linked with Monaco and Manchester United, earlier this month Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc also confirmed his admiration for the France international.
Commending his player’s commitment to the club, Pardew was asked if he was worried that Cabaye may be nearing closer to an exit from the Magpies. “Not really,” he told the Evening Chronicle.
“I feel like all of our players there is a value to Yohan. Obviously he is a player I want to keep. He is a great technical player and his personality is fantastic. It’s a big season for him. He will be a starter for France at the World Cup.
“It’s important for him. He is focused very much on us. There’s no bid for him as we speak now. Until such time as there is he is a Newcastle United player.
"Yohan's a total, 100% professional. Anything else that’s said is all the speculation. It will go on. It’ll always go on around quality players like him, like with Rooney and Ronaldo. It's part and parcel of being a big player. Yohan had a couple of special moments. It showed his quality.”
Currently in Portugal on the club’s pre-season training camp, Pardew feels positive about the early work the squad have put in.
Following on from a difficult season last year that saw the Magpies only narrowly avoid relegation on the penultimate weekend of the season, the 52-year-old feels his side are stronger than they were a year ago.
“It’s been a fantastic week,” Pardew told the Journal. “I honestly could not have asked more from the players. The attitude and work we’ve put in means that without question we are stronger than we were this time last year. We will continue that through pre-season because we need to be really, really ready to make our mark when the season begins.
“I am more confident than I was a year ago when I felt apprehensive about the Europa League because it was a leap into the unknown, and little did I know that we would suffer injuries as well that compounded our problem.
"But this year, without that distraction, it feels as if there is no mystery to the season. We know what we’ve got in front of us. We got Premier League games, a League Cup programme and a FA Cup programme and we can cope with that easily with the squad we have.”