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The new Paris Saint-Germain coach confirmed that the midfielder is "an interesting player" but the Magpies manager wants him to be upfront about his interest over the phone

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has criticised Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc's public courtship of Yohan Cabaye.

Blanc name-dropped the midfielder, calling him an "interesting player", when confirming that he was looking to strengthen his midfield options ahead of next season as PSG look to defend their Ligue 1 crown.

But Pardew was not impressed by the Frenchman's comments and has requested that Blanc contact him directly if he wishes to make a move.

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He told The Shields Gazette: "He can get on the phone to me or make a bid. I think that's the right way to do it.

"I think the way it's come out isn't perhaps respectful to Yohan. That's something I want to talk to him about. I want to talk about this important year for him, with the World Cup at the end of it. I'm hoping he's going to be an integral part [of the France squad]."

Cabaye is likely to be just one of a few Newcastle players featuring in Brazil next year and Pardew challenged his international players to boost their chances of playing in the World Cup by performing to their best at St James' Park.

"You could argue we'll have eight to 10 players in the World Cup," he added, "so this is a massive year for our players individually, let alone as a club.

"Our fans must never take their eyes off the fact that international football plays a significant part in our season. For example, if Hatem [Ben Arfa] gets in the French national team, you can imagine what it would do for his confidence so they're all things I want to happen.

"I want Hatem to play at a World Cup. I think he can play for France. I think Cabaye can play for France. I think Moussa [Sissoko] could play for France next year and maybe even Mapou [Yanga-Mbiwa]. He's got the experience. If he had a fantastic year this year, he could make it."

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