JOE Kinnear’s adamant that Yohan Cabaye will stay at Newcastle United.
Kinnear sensationally revealed yesterday that he is to be Newcastle’s new director of football, returning to the club after four years away.
The 66-year-old claimed he will have the final say on incoming and outgoing transfers, though he insisted decisions would only be taken after discussions with manager Alan Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr.
Monaco have been heavily linked with a move for Cabaye, with reports over the weekend saying the midfielder had carried out a medical at the big-spending Ligue 1 club.
But United have not had any contact from the French club – and Kinnear has warned them off a bid for Cabaye.
The 27-year-old is under contract at St James’s Park for three more years, and Kinnear insists Newcastle have no intention of selling Cabaye – or any of the club’s other “top stars”.
“He will stay,” said Kinnear. “We’ve got him under contract, and we want to keep all of our top players here.
“We don’t feel we have to sell our top stars.”
Kinnear – who had a five-month spell in charge of United in the 2008-09 season – held talks with Carr last week, and he plans to meet Pardew when he returns from holiday.
But it seems certain that Newcastle’s resolve to hold on to Cabaye will be tested over the summer.
Monaco’s chief executive officer, Vadim Vasilyev, last week hinted that Cabaye was among the players interesting the newly-promoted club.
“Yohan Cabaye? He is an exciting player,” Vasilyev told L’Equipe.
Cabaye has also suggested he is open to a move away from St James’s Park.
“For the moment I am at Newcastle,” said Cabaye. “You never know what happens in football.”
“Yes, for sure, (playing for Man United) it could be an interesting challenge but like I said for the moment, there is nothing concrete and I am still at Newcastle.”