ALAN Pardew says he isn’t worried about reports that Yohan Cabaye could buy himself out of his contract at Newcastle United.
Reports today suggested the midfielder could leave St James’s Park in the summer for less than £6m by invoking the “Webster ruling”.
Article 17 of FIFA’s transfer regulations states that a player who signed a contract before he was 28 can buy himself out of the deal three years after it was signed.
Cabaye – whose value the open market value is in excess of £20m – joined Newcastle in the summer of 2011, and could take advantage of the rules, which were first tested by Scottish football Andy Webster in 2006.
“It doesn’t worry me at all,” said Pardew. “It’s not isolated to Yohan, it affects every player.
“He’s got two years left on his contract, and we’re looking forward to him playing for Newcastle for the rest of the season.”
Cabaye is understood to be a target for Paris Saint-Germain.