‘Keeping Cabaye better business than Arsenal’s signing of Ozil’
Alan Pardew claims Newcastle's decision to keep Yohan Cabaye was better business than Arsenal's signing of Mesut Özil
Alan Pardew believes that Newcastle United’s decision to keep hold of Yohan Cabaye was better business than Arsenal’s club-record signing of Mesut Ozil.
The Gunners had a bid of around £10m for the France midfielder rejected by the Magpies during the summer transfer window before Arsene Wenger turned his attentions to luring Ozil to north London in a £42.5m deal.
And Pardew feels that Newcastle have benefited greatly from Cabaye’s presence this season, with the 27-year-old having netted five goals and made two assists in 15 Premier League appearances.
“It’s not strange Arsenal were interested in Yohan, but in the end they went with Özil,” Pardew is quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph.
“That’s been particularly good business for them, but I think the better piece of business was us keeping Yohan Cabaye.”
Manchester United are the latest club to have been linked with a swoop for Cabaye, but Pardew is adamant that the midfielder is not for sale.
“We don’t want to sell him, of course we don’t,” continued Pardew, whose side host Arsenal on Sunday.
“He is the main man here and he’s got the platform to be the main man at a big club and you don’t get always get that. He should savour that and take it all the way to the World Cup and beyond.”