Alan Pardew insists he is not resigned to losing Yohan Cabaye and under no pressure to sell the Frenchman.
Amid a “particularly poor week” he pragmatically admits is better experienced now, rather than later in the season, Pardew has been enraged by the timing of a £10million bid for Cabaye from Arsenal – on the eve of Monday’s demolition by Manchester City – and has had to field further, reported interest from PSG. Further offers seem likely, though the United manager said there is “no truth” in claims of a bid by the Paris club for Cabaye’s close friend Mathieu Debuchy.
Pardew attended a meeting with Mike Ashley in the south of France in midweek, one of a series convened regularly this summer.
He returned outlining once again the Magpies’ transfer “procedure”, played down the suggestion that, Loic Remy apart, the lack of close-season signings is the consequence of a perceived waiting game for outgoing sales.
And he confirmed that, though the club is unable to guide the transfer market
before the window closes on Monday week, it is ready to react to all eventualities, with a stringent need for one or two more new players.
And wheresoever Cabaye’s future lies, Pardew’s priority is to “manage the whole picture” surrounding a player he rates among the best in the world, and ensure that, come what may, the “club wins”.
Asked if he was resigned to the French international leaving St James’ Park, his manager said: “No, I am not.
“You cannot go on a forecourt of a car showroom and say to the dealership ‘Here is what my valuation is and I’m just going to drive it off’.
“It does not work like that. You have to agree, and only then can you drive it off. We have had one bid and it was not acceptable.”
Pardew added: “I am not saying Cabaye is definitely out on Saturday.
“I have a good relationship with Yohan. I think it is important that it stays a good relationship, for him and for me and for this club.
“I have to say I think this has been one of the toughest weeks for our fans, in terms of Cabaye.
“He is a great player. In my opinion, he is one of the best in the world in that position and I have worked with a few, including Michael Carrick and (Javier) Mascherano, so I like to think I know. I put him in that bracket.
“But there has to be a way back for Yohan as well.
“So I have to be very careful in these next 10 days, where there is a position where yes, maybe there is a solution and he moves on, but there is also a solution that he continues to play for us.
“We have to make make sure we have things in place and are ready to go. (But) we are not under any financial pressure to sell anybody.
“Therefore I have to be seen to be fair and to be managing the whole picture.
“The most important thing about this whole scenario is that the club wins. The club has to win here, no one else.
“That is what comes first on my shift. I am manager of this football club and will do what is best for the club.
“So if he stays, we need to get the best out of him.”
Reflecting on a turbulent few days, Pardew said: “This has been a particularly poor week on a number of levels but you get through that.
“Sometimes adversity comes but I’d rather have it now than at the end or the middle of the season.”