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Pardew relaxed as big clubs circle for Newcastle stars

Yohan Cabaye is the latest in a long line of Newcastle players to have been linked with summer moves away from the north-east, but boss Alan Pardew is remaining philosophical over all the interest. "I really don't think as the manager you can beat yourself up about it because we are what we are, we can't compete with those really big guns.

"If they come and they want to pay - and it's going to be very, very expensive for someone like him [Cabaye]. Trust me, he will be inflated - then we have to then go to Plan B, which is to get a replacement.

"We like to think we are going to deal with stories like that about all our players. You could say [Papiss] Cisse, Ba, Cheick Tiote, Tim Krul, Cabaye, [Fabricio] Coloccini - we have got some great players here.

"The type of club we are, where we are not in the higher reaches of European football, we haven't got that finance and our players are going to be linked to other clubs.

"It's flattering to us and to Cabaye to be linked with Barcelona." He added with a smile: "I probably leaked it myself."

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