NEWCASTLE United’s Yohan Cabaye has reiterated his commitment to the relegation-threatened club.
The midfielder is one the United’s most prized assets – and fans fear he could leave in the summer.
Supporters chant “don’t sell Cabaye” home and away, and there will inevitably be interest in him from clubs across Europe when the transfer window opens.
But Cabaye, signed from French club Lille two years ago, insists he’s happy at St James’s Park – despite the club’s predicament near the foot of the Premier League.
“I have three years contract left, and now my mind is just to save the club,” Cabaye said.
“We have two finals, then it will be the holidays.
“But I am Newcastle, and I’m happy at Newcastle.
“I don’t want to think about the future with two games left.
“I am very, very happy to play for this club and these fans.”
Cabaye and his team-mates take on Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Sunday looking to take a huge stride towards top-flight safety.
Newcastle are three points above third-from-bottom Wigan Athletic, and a win would all but secure the club’s Premier League status for another season.
However, United have won away from home just once in the league this season.
The club’s solitary victory came at Aston Villa in January thanks to a stunning goal from Cabaye, who was handed the captain’s armband in the absence through injury of skipper Fabricio Coloccini.
And that dreadful record is one reason why the club is battling to stay in the division.
While QPR’s fate has already been decided after a dismal season – Harry Redknapp’s side were relegated along with Reading late last month – Cabaye is wary of his France team-mate Loic Remy, who opted to sign for the west London club ahead of Newcastle in January.
Remy has scored five goals for the club, and Cabaye is hoping he has one of his quieter afternoon’s when United visit Loftus Road.
“For me, Loic is a good player,” said Cabaye. “He’s a good finisher.
“He’s a good striker. He’s quick. I hope he will be quiet for us!
“It will be a pleasure to meet him at his place.”
Newcastle were in the capital last weekend – they drew 0-0 against West Ham United – and Cabaye feels the pressure of playing at St James’s Park can work against the team.
“It is good that we have got an away game again like West Ham,” he said.
“At the moment at St James’s Park it is quite hard for us.”
Ambitious Cabaye had hoped that United would again challenge for a Champions League place this term after last season’s fifth-placed finish.
However, a lack of investment in the squad last summer, a run of injuries and the demands of the Europa League have taken a heavy toll on the club’s domestic fortunes.
Newcastle’s form has led to calls from some fans for Alan Pardew to be dismissed.
But Cabaye – who has struggled to replicate last season’s form – is candid enough to admit that the players must also take some responsibility.
The challenge for Pardew and players is to stay up - and then learn lessons from a hugely-disappointing campaign.
“We all made some mistakes at the start of the season,” he said.
“That’s why we are fighting for relegation, but if we learn from our mistakes, no problem.
“We are only human – and we all make mistakes.
“We need to finish strongly, and then prepare well for next season.
“We have to be ready to fight and play and be ready again in the Premier League like we were last season.”