Newcastle star is like Rooney, says Pardew

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Yohan Cabaye is of comparative importance to Newcastle as Wayne Rooney is to Manchester United, according to the manager of the former, Alan Pardew.

The France international played a pivotal role in Newcastle's victory against Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday, as he settled back into action following an uncertain period during the summer transfer window.

Cabaye was the subject of a £10 million bid from Arsenal as Arsene Wenger looked to reinforce his midfield, and the player became unsettled by the prospect of securing a transfer to the Emirates Stadium.

The 27-year-old, however, remained at St James' Park and Pardew believes retaining Cabaye will be as important for Newcastle as it was for Manchester United to keep Rooney from the clutches of Chelsea.

“Yohan is just as important to us as Rooney is to Manchester United,” Pardew told reporters.

"He’s a player who carries the heartbeat and the rhythm of the team, and it’s the rhythm of the game that he can dictate, that wins Premier League games.

"There’s not that many players than can do it like he can. Listen, I think we all know in the modern world that if someone comes along and offers you substantially more money or whatever to join another organisation, it can turn your head, and it did turn his head."

Cabaye played 88 minutes for Newcastle at the weekend during their 2-1 win at Villa Park, with Hatem Ben Arfa and Yoan Gouffran scoring the goals for visitors.

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