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The former Lille midfielder recently admitted interest in a move to Manchester United, prompting the left-back to underline the importance he has on the squad at St. James' Park

Newcastle defender Massaido Haidara has underlined the importance of Yohan Cabaye to the Magpies squad in light of talk of a summer departure.

The Frenchman's strong performances in his two years on Tyneside have drawn plenty of admirers, with reports suggesting that big-spending Monaco are chasing his signature, though he claims that he is unaware of any concrete approaches.

Cabaye recently admitted he is assess his future during the summer, before admitting interest in a move to Manchester United, but Haidara is keen for the influential 27-year-old to stay at St. James' Park.

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"I want Yohan to stay. He is a really important player for the team and the club," Haidara told reporters. "He's a great player and has certainly shown how important he is for Newcastle and for the French national team."

"From a personal point of view I didn't really know Yohan before I came to Newcastle. I had only played against him before and he is one of the players who gave me the warmest welcome.

"I'd like to express my thanks to him for that. He really helped me to settle and I get on very well with him - just like i do with the rest of the team."

Newcastle struggled against relegation for the majority of last season despite claiming a fifth-placed finish the year before, with reports of a dressing-room divide affecting on-pitch performances.

Haidara has refuted those claims, though, insisting he has never expressed any negativity amongst the squad.

He continued: "When some things aren't going well people look to create extra problems where they don't exist.

"Since I have been here I haven't seen a single problem - not among the French players, not among anyone. Quite the contrary, we all speak together.

"It's normal you might stick to speaking to people who speak the same language as you but that doesn't mean we don't speak to other people in the group either.

"I haven't seen a single problem, we all get on well together, we all like each other, I think that will continue into the future."

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