ALAN Pardew says he’s confident Yohan Cabaye will stay with Newcastle United – despite speculation that Paris Saint-Germain are ready to bid for the midfielder.
Cabaye – who scored in Newcastle’s Premier League away wins at Crystal Palace and Manchester United – has hit form for Pardew’s team in recent weeks.
And the 27-year-old – who tried to force through a move to Arsenal in the summer – has insisted he is now fully committed to the club, which is sixth in the table ahead of the Boxing Day home game against Stoke City.
However, the influential French sports newspaper L’Equipe has reported that PSG will bid for Cabaye in next month’s transfer window.
For his part, United manager Pardew is confident the France international – who wouldn’t have been guaranteed a start at Arsenal – is at the right cup in the build up to next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
“I don’t fear losing Yohan,” said Pardew today. “What I know is that he is a fantastic footballer, and I think he’s improving.
“He’s in an environment where he has got pole position in my team.
“That’s nice for a player like him. You don’t always get that. You can get lost at other clubs.”
Cabaye joined Newcastle from Lille – where he won the French double – in the summer of 2011.