Arsenal transfers: Yohan Cabaye key to top-four bid, says Alan Pardew
Arsenal transfers: Alan Pardew says Yohan Cabaye is key to Newcastle's bid to finish in the Premier League top four
Alan Pardew believes Newcastle United must keep Arsenal target Yohan Cabaye to have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
The France international has been a key cog in Alan Pardew’s side this season since returning to the first-team after Newcastle blocked a touted move to Arsenal this summer.
The Magpies rejected a reported £10m bid from the Gunners for the former Lille midfielder, and Pardew underlined his desire to keep the playmaker at the club.
“We want him to [reach the Champions League] here,” Pardew told Sky Sports News. “We’re trying to build that, but it’s difficult and it’s only players like Yohan Cabaye are going to get us there.
“For him to have ambitions to play in the Champions League – absolutely no problem with that, none whatsoever.”
Earlier this week, Cabaye claimed that he planned to evaluate his Magpies future at the end of the season.
“I miss the Champions League,” the Newcastle Chronicle quotes Cabaye as saying.
“I’ll finish this season with Newcastle and concentrate on the coming months and then we’ll see.”
Cabaye has scored 13 goals and made 14 assists in 84 appearances for the Magpies after moving to St James’ Park from Lille in 2011.