Cabaye focused on Newcastle despite United’s interest

Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye is happy with his side’s start to the season, but knows that the next month will show if the Tyneside club are real contenders for a top four finish.

Alan Pardew’s men are in third place in the standings and still unbeaten, but have to play some of the division’s best sides after the international break, something that Cabaye knows will test his team.

“We got off to a good start with the draw against Arsenal and winning the derby away against Sunderland,” the France international told The Journal.

“The fact we’ve conceded very few goals has really boosted our confidence. We have 25 points and we’re still unbeaten, and that’s great to have that heading into the international break.

“But when we come back we’re playing City at their place, United at their place, then we’ve got Chelsea at home; after that we’ll really know how good we are,” he stated.

Cabaye has impressed since signing from Ligue 1 champions Lille, and has been linked with a move to Manchester United of late.

However despite the rumours, he is focussed on succeeding for his current employers, whom he signed a five-year contract with in the summer.

“I heard about United’s interest in me, but things are only just beginning.

“I have a bit of experience of clubs following me, so I would rather not get carried away by thinking too much about such things.

“I simply want to concentrate on my objectives with Newcastle – and playing for Newcastle,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight