Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has reiterated his desire to keep midfielder Yohan Cabaye at the club for as long as possible and has also revealed that no formal transfer offers have been made for the Frenchman as of yet.
The Toon playmaker has been strongly linked with a return to his homeland of France amid speculation that mega-rich Paris Saint Germain and AS Monaco were both interested in signing the former Lille man.
Not only is there interest from France, both Manchester United and Tottenham have also shown some interest in the 27-year-old, but Newcastle are adamant on not selling their star-asset to another Premier League side.
Manager Alan Pardew is keen to keep hold of the midfield-man, but he is also very aware that a late bid could come in from a club which could see them lose Cabaye nearing the end of the transfer window and that is a thought that worries the Newcastle boss.
Pardew told the Evening Chronicle on Cabaye and a possible late switch: “That’s a worry.
“We’ve had that before with Andy Carroll and it was a tricky time to lose Andy when we did. We managed to overcome that. But you don’t want to make it a habit.
“For me, of course I want to keep him.
“If one of the big clubs comes with a massive offer we will have to react to that.
“As it stands at the moment there have still been no offers. He remains our player and myself and the fans would love to see him stay come September 2, and still be in a black and white shirt.”
Pardew then added: “The speculation about Cabaye is right.
“He’s a top player and I wouldn’t expect no less. It’s good for his confidence.
“He’s not caused me one problem and he’s worked really hard. His professionalism has been brilliant and our fans need to know that.”