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Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin has told RTL that Remy Cabella "deserves something different" than joining Newcastle United.

Remy Cabella has been touted as a potential replacement for Yohan Cabaye at Newcastle.
Remy Cabella has been touted as a potential replacement for Yohan Cabaye at Newcastle.

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Cabella, 23, has been strongly linked with a move to Newcastle, where he would be reunited with former Montpellier teammate Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. When the France international defender moved to St James’ Park last January, Nicollin, 70, said he felt the centre-back should have joined a more prestigious club, and now feels Cabella should do the same.

He said: "There is already one of ours there, and I hope he enjoys it. Remy, I think, deserves something different than Newcastle. Personally, I wouldn't go there. You must get bored s---less in Newcastle."

Despite Nicollin saying there was an agreement in place with Newcastle, there were mixed messages as his son, Laurent -- who runs the club on a daily basis for his father -- insisted there was nothing in place.

Nicollin Jr. added the highly-rated France under-21 international would not be leaving the club this winter, and his father has stressed that that is definitely the case.

"There is nothing at all, and there won't be anything done," Nicollin Snr. said. "I don't want to pay huge amounts of tax this year, because the budget ends on June 30. I prefer that it's from July 1. If there are offers, and good offers, then that will allow us to have a good season next season, especially if we're in the top division. But there is no question at all of him leaving now. I've heard a lot of old rubbish."

Media speculation has Cabella's arrival at St James' Park dependent on Yohan Cabaye leaving the English club for Paris Saint-Germain this month. Reports in France claim the two clubs have reached agreement on a 26 million euro fee for the France international, provoking Newcastle's interest in Cabella.

He added: "I think Newcastle are interested because they are undoubtedly going to say yes to Paris Saint-Germain for the cash. But us, we're not stupid enough to give those English Cabella for Cabaye."

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