Pardew: Toon will al­ways come first be­fore any player

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JIMMY POL­LOCK

NEW­CAS­TLE boss Alan Pardew has in­sisted he will put the club be­fore Yo­han Cabaye or any other player.

The 52-year-old de­clined to con­firm whether or not the France in­ter­na­tional, who was the sub­ject of a re­jected trans­fer bid from Arse­nal, re­fused to play in the first two games of the sea­son against Manch­ester City and West Ham.

Pardew re­vealed that no se­cond of­fer has been re­ceived, but the mid­fielder will still play no part in tonight’s Cap­i­tal One Cup se­cond round tie at More­cambe as his fu­ture is thrashed out.

“The an­swer isn’t as sim­ple as a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’,” said Pardew.

“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.

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“But 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.”

Arse­nal are be­lieved to have of­fered around £10mil­lion for Cabaye.

But New­cas­tle are look­ing for dou­ble that – and Pardew is adamant that Arsene Wenger will not get the for­mer Lille man on the cheap.

He added: “The bot­tom line is with world-class play­ers if they move on, it has to be world-class money.”

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UN­CER­TAIN FU­TURE: Cabaye

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