Club more important than one man, says Newcastle boss
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has taken a firm stance over anyone who wishes to leave St. James’ Park this summer.
The Frenchman also missed The Magpies’ first home game of the Premier Leagueseason against West Ham United and is not expected to take any part in tonight’s Capital One Cup match against Morecambe.
And in his pre-match press conference and reported by Sky Sports, Pardew remained coy over Cabaye’s future but indicated that the club becomes before any player.
“The answer isn’t as simple as a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’,” Pardew said.
“The answer is he is either going to be sold and we are going to have to replace him in the window that we have left, or he’s going to stay.
“But I, as the manager, have to protect him and protect the football club, more importantly. The first thing on my agenda is the football club, trust me, and that will always come first while I am the manager here.”
And regarding Newcastle rejecting Arsenal’s £10 million bid for Cabaye, the former Hammers manager insists that should anyone leave Tyneside, it would only be for a high fee.
“The bottom line is with world-class players if they move on, it has to be world-class money,” Pardew said.
Sky Sports reports that the club are looking for at least double The Gunners’ offer before they consider selling the midfielder.
Newcastle have added only one senior face to the squad in the form of Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers on loan, whilst Arsenal have only added Yaya Sanogo to their ranks.
Alan Pardew’s side didn’t get off to a great start in their opening league game, suffering a 4-0 hammering by Man City and enduring a stalemate against West Ham in which they failed to record a single shot on target.
Following their poor league campaign last year, Pardew is under pressure to deliver a better campaign this season.