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The former Lille midfielder has vowed to remain a Magpies player for some time to come, stating that he wants to play Champions League football with the North-East club

Yohan Cabaye has vowed to remain a Newcastle United player for the forseeable future.

Since joining the club last summer, Cabaye has made 34 first-team appearances for the Magpies, scoring three goals for the club.

The midfielder has caught the eye of many fans and clubs alike after putting in several outstanding performances in recent weeks, but the 26-year-old has claimed that his loyalties lie on Tyneside.

“My goal is to play in Europe again and Newcastle are a good way towards getting there, so I don’t really want to change where I am if I can achieve that here," Cabaye told The Times.

“The Champions League will be more difficult, but there are seven games left and you never know. My other aim is to play in the European Championship with France.”

Cabaye has played in the Champions League before with Lille and he has called on Newcastle's hierarchy to keep the big players who can get the Magpies back into Europe at the Sports Direct Arena.

“I managed to play in the Champions League with my home town, Lille, but it is the same situation here. We need to build a big team. If each year someone else leaves, it’s going to be difficult. It is important to keep the players to build a big team.

“I have enjoyed playing in the Premier League a lot. I love playing in England, I’m thankful to Newcastle United for giving me the chance to play here. My family feel good here and I would like to stay here for a long time.”

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