Pardew told the Evening Chronicle: "You can't say he is definitely going to stay, so the mindset of the player is such that we need to be on guard.
"We are on the case with that. We have to be armed. We need to resolve it.
"If he goes, good luck to him. Bye, bye. We need to replace him with somebody as good."
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