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Newcastle boss Pardew frustrated losing Abeid for African Cup of Nations

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew admits he'll be unhappy losing Mehdi Abeid to the African Cup of Nations.

Abeid, 22, has had to wait for his chance since arriving on a free from Lens over three years ago.

"It's interesting that Mehdi has a call-up for Algeria and has a chance of making the Africa Cup of Nations,'' said Pardew.

"That's something which is concerning me a bit, because he's done really well.

"He's got a great opportunity this time. He's definitely a gauge for other young players - not just at this club, but other Premier League clubs.

"He's shown that going on loan can help massively. He came back from that loan spell with Panathinaikos last season a much better player.

"It's a system I've always believed in. We have players out on loan at the moment and we'll continue to do that because I think it works.

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