Steven Taylor will not leave Newcastle United despite not playing since the opening weekend of the season Alan Pardew has confirmed.
The Geordie has made 187 appearances for his boyhood club, even putting plans of an international career back for a year in order to get Newcastle out of the Championship.
Taylor was sent off in the clubs 4-0 defeat to Manchester City and has not been in the starting lineup since.
But Pardew says he expects the busy Christmas period will give all his squad players - including Taylor - a chance to regain their place.
He said in The Times: "I think he's a terrific player.
"He is fit. He wants to play, just like Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa wants to play, Hatem Ben Arfa wants to play, Papiss Cisse wants to play.
"Am I going to loan them all because they want a game? Of course not. They have to fight for their place and that's where Steven is.
"I had a very sensible conversation with Steven this week. I think he knows where I stand with it all. I've said to him that we have a lot of games coming up.
"Sometimes as a manager when you have three games in a month it is difficult to look a player in the eye and tell them there is a lot of hope, but I think, genuinely, I can say to him: 'Let's see how we get on', because we have so many matches."
The England international is expected to play for the Newcastle development squads match against Norwich City tonight along out of favour midfielder Jonas Gutierrez who has only made two appearances this season.
Newcastle are also involved in another transfer saga.
Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain are reportedly interested in signing midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
Arsenal are also expected to renew their interest for the French midfielder after he refused to play for Newcastle earlier in the season to force a move to the current Premier League leaders.
But, again, Pardew is confident of keeping his star player.
The Magpies manager said in The Sun: "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'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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