The Tyneside club exceeded expectations last season by finishing fifth in the Premier League, and as such a raft of Alan Pardew’s first team have been linked with big-money moves elsewhere.
The France international has stressed the importance of the club keeping players such as Demba Ba, Cheik Tiote and Papiss Cisse if the team are to push for a top-four finish again next term.
“Demba scored so many goals for us so it’s going to be important to keep him – and keep all the big players,” Sky Sports report Cabaye as saying.
“I hope the board are going to do the right things to keep them.
“I don’t know if we can go higher than last season, but we have to keep doing the right thing,” he concluded.
Cabaye himself has one of the team’s most impressive players last season, and also featured in all of France’s Euro 2012 games.
Despite reports that Manchester United were keeping tabs on the box-to-box midfielder, his comments also suggest that he is happy in the north east.
By Gareth McKnight