ALAN Pardew says Yohan Cabaye can achieve his Champions League dream – with Newcastle United.
The midfielder said in an interview on a French radio station this week that he “missed” the competition, having played in it with former club Lille.
Cabaye’s comments came three months after he attempted to force through a move to Arsenal.
The 27-year-old added that he would assess his situation at the end of the season.
Cabaye’s interview came just days after United captain Fabricio Coloccini reiterated his desire to play for San Lorenzo in his native Argentina.
However, Newcastle manager Pardew – whose side face West Bromwich Albion at St James’s Park on Saturday looking to make it four wins in a row – isn’t concerned by their comments, which he feels were made in response to “loaded” questions.
“Sometimes when they’re abroad they get asked questions that are slightly loaded,” Pardew said.
“Of course Yohan wants to play in the Champions League.
“We want him to do it here. We’re trying to build that.
“But it’s difficult. It’s only players like Yohan Cabaye that are going to get us there.
“For him to have ambitions to play in the Champions League ... I have absolutely no problem with that whatsoever.
“We’ve geared him up to have a fantastic World Cup.
“He’s in great shape at the minute. He’s one of the best players in the league.
“As far as Colo’s concerned, he’s our captain.
“Of course, I think it’s well documented that last year the pangs of home were pulling on him.
“But he’s a professional. He’s been brilliant for us. He’s our captain.
“And the only reason I’m commenting now is to let our fans know it’s no big deal.
“I think the media are always looking to upset you, but we’re in a good place.
“They’ve been absolutely outstanding players for the club, and we need outstanding players if we’re going to make any impact at the top of this division.”