Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said Yohan Cabaye will not be sold until the Magpies have found a replacement.
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The France international midfielder was the subject of interest from Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, reportedly leading to his absence from the club’s first two Premier League fixtures.
Pardew said Cabaye will not be involved in Newcastle’s Capital One Cup second round tie at Morecambe on Wednesday and insisted the club’s future was of more importance than that of the former Lille player.
Pardew said: "The answer isn't as simple as a yes or a no. The answer is he is either going to be sold and we are going to have to replace him in the window that we have left, or he's going to stay.
"But I, as the manager, have to protect him -- and protect the football club, more importantly. The first thing on my agenda is the football club, trust me, and that will always come first while I am the manager here."
An Arsenal bid of around £10 million was reportedly rejected by Newcastle, who are looking for double that, and Pardew added that if Cabaye was to be sold it would be for a fair price.
He said: "The bottom line is, with world-class players, if they move on it has to be world-class money."
Cabaye was warned on Tuesday by France coach Didier Deschamps that he risks the possibility of missing out on international action if he is not playing regularly for his club.