Newcastle manager admits there is ‘a lot of talking to be done’.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew plans to hold talks with Yohan Cabaye after the midfielder’s aborted move to Arsenal.
Cabaye, 27, missed the Magpies first two Premier League matches of the season after Newcastle rejected a bid from the Gunners for the playmaker.
The France international returned to the Toon squad for last weekend’s win over Fulham but was jeered by sections of the St James’ Park crowd after coming off the bench for the final 25 minutes.
Pardew, who was furious with the timing of Arsenal’s bid, says he will talk with Cabaye and his representatives to ensure the player is focussed on the season ahead.
“It was important to get him out there on Saturday, it will make it easier to move on although there is a lot of talking to be done between now and Aston Villa,” Pardew is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“We will speak with Yohan and with his representatives to make sure that we go forward hand-in-hand.”
Cabaye was left out of the France squad for this week’s World Cup qualifiers and Pardew admits the omission came as a shock to the former Lille man.
“The guy has a World Cup at the end of the year and he is a big part of France’s plans. He hasn’t been picked this week and I think that was a bit of a shock to him,” added Pardew.
“It was only because of the [transfer] situation, because I think he’s nailed on in their team. That whole situation will resolve itself.”