Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says midfielder Yohan Cabaye is fully focused and looking ahead to the new season, according to the Chronicle Live.

Paris Saint-German boss Laurent Blanc expressed his admiration for Cabaye earlier this summer, which didn't go down well with Pardew, and there were also rumours of Manchester United being keen on taking the French ace to Old Trafford.

But Pardew played down this speculation, insisting it would take an astronomical bid for him to even consider selling his prized asset.

“I feel like all of our players there is a value to Yohan. Obviously he is a player I want to keep," Pardew said. “He is a great technical player and his personality is fantastic. It’s a big season for him. He will be a starter for France at the World Cup.

“It’s important for him. He is focused very much on us. There’s no bid for him as we speak now. Until such time as there is he is a Newcastle United player.”

Cabaye concerned fans earlier in the summer when he expressed an interest in joining the Red Devils but Pardew has said the French midfielder had always maintained a high level of professionalism throughout.

"Yohan's a total, 100% professional. Anything else that’s said is all the speculation. It will go on," he added. “It’ll always go on around quality players like him, like with Rooney and Ronaldo. It's part and parcel of being a big player.

“Yohan had a couple of special moments - it showed his quality.”

In other news Mick Hartford has turned down the chance to work alongside director of football Joe Kinnear at Newcastle, to become assistant manager at Millwall.

The former Sunderland and Luton striker is understood to have wanted a more active role on the coaching front after opting a move to south London rather than Tyneside.


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