Pardew denies Newcastle players want out

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has dismissed speculation that Yohan Cabaye and Fabricio Coloccini are unsettled at the club, writes the Guardian.

The Magpies’ players have commented to the press in their native countries, Cabaye stating he wants to play Champions League football, and Coloccini still hankering after a return home.

Sometimes when they are abroad they get asked questions which are slightly loaded with slightly different connotations to them,” said Pardew.

If you want to ask me if I want to play in the Champions League I do, absolutely, and Yohan wants to play in the Champions League of course but we want him to do that here,” he continued. “We are trying to build that but it is difficult and it is only players like Yohan Cabaye who will get us there.

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 but he is a professional, he has been brilliant for us and I am just letting our fans know there is no big deal.

The media are always looking to upset you when you are winning and we just want to continue where we are, which is in a good place,” Pardew added.

Both Cabaye and Coloccini are expected to play in Newcastle’s home game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The two players have been a key part of Pardew’s team this season. Coloccini has made eight appearances, whilst Cabaye has started 10 of Newcastle’s 12 matches in the league.

The Magpies have won their previous three matches, having beaten Chelsea, Tottenham and Norwich City in the Premier League. They sit eighth in the table with 20 points, although only the bottom three and Norwich have conceded more than Pardew’s side in the opening 12 matches.

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