Newcastle United don’t expect winter battle to keep Cabaye

Alan Pardew is confident Yohan Cabaye will still be a Newcastle United player when the January transfer window slams shut.

The France international was the subject of an eve of the season bid from Arsenal back in August, which angered the Magpies as they prepared for their first game of the campaign. Cabaye was keen to make the move to the Emirates Stadium, which would have given him the chance of UEFA Champions League football.

However, Newcastle simply refused to sell the former Lille midfielder, who had little option to remain at St James’ Park and issue an apology to the club and its supporters for pushing for a move. He has since won back their trust with a number of impressive performances in what has been a promising season to date.

The Tyneside giants are currently sixth in the Premier League standings, and Cabaye has scored three times, including a goal which recorded a first win at Manchester United since 1972. With the window set to reopen in a matter of days, there has been speculation that the 27-year-old will again be a target for rival clubs, but Pardew is confident of retaining the services of the player.

“I am pretty confident that my owner and the club are in a great financial position. I would be a lot more nervous if we weren’t,” he said in The Sun.  “He’s a great player, there are always going to be big clubs sniffing around him. We are fortunate to have him, we are enjoying him while he is here and long may that continue.”


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