"I'm never confident when you've got great players because other clubs want great players, so your best players are always vulnerable," Pardew said.
"Jonny Evans is definitely one of them and he is our captain. Do I want to lose him? Of course not. Do I fear losing him? Of course I do.
"There was interest in him in the summer so it makes sense to stir it up. They are good headlines for the media. "I understand that, we deal with it and Jonny has dealt with it in his own way.
"He was terrific for me. I can only go on his performance and he was outstanding for me against Crystal Palace and [now] we go to Swansea."