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Pardew dismisses Cabaye reports

November 29, 2013
By Kristan Heneage,

Alan Pardew has dismissed claims Yohan Cabaye wants out of Newcastle after he revealed he is eager to return to the Champions League.

Yohan Cabaye
GettyImagesCabaye made his desire to play Champions League very clear.

Cabaye, 27, was speaking to French radio station RTL when he made the admission, adding: "I'll finish this season with Newcastle and concentrate on the coming months and then we'll see."

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The former Lille captain was the subject of intense transfer speculation during the summer, and was linked with a number of clubs including PSG, Monaco, and Arsenal.

Only the Gunners submitted a firm offer for the player which was rejected outright by the Magpies. And having already sampled a Europa League campaign with the club, Pardew is keen to take his side -- including Cabaye -- to the next level.

"Sometimes you know when they are abroad they get asked questions that are slightly loaded, that have slightly different connotations to them," he told Sky Sports News. "But if you were to ask me if I wanted to play in the Champions League, then I would tell you 'absolutely, yes'.

"And that's what Yohan wants to do, of course he does. But we want him to do that here. We are trying to build that but it is difficult and it's only players like Yohan Cabaye that are going to get us there.

"For him to have ambitions to play in the Champions League, I have no problems with that, none whatsoever. We have geared him up to have a fantastic World Cup. He's in great shape at the moment. We think he is one of the best payers in the league."

Cabaye has not been the only member of the squad to voice discontent, with captain Fabricio Coloccini also reiterating his desire to return to Argentina.

First surfacing in January, he cited personal problems as his motivation to return to his homeland. With San Lorenzo negotiating a potential deal with the club, they were unable to match the fee Newcastle set out.

Commending Coloccini's professionalism, Pardew suggested that it was an attempt to disrupt his side -- who currently sit eighth in the Premier League.

"As far as Colo is concerned, he is our captain and it is well documented that last year the pangs of home were pulling on him," Pardew said. "But he's a professional, a professional player here he's been brilliant for us.

"The only reason I am commenting now is just to let our fans know there is no big deal. I think the media are always looking to upset you when you're winning and we just want to stay where we are. We are in a good place."

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