Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/20/13
With Cabaye keen to leave Newcastle manager Alan Pardew withdrew the France midfielder from last night’s squad to face Manchester City. “We have prepared with the lad for three days and for him to have his head turned by this bid by Arsenal is just disrespectful in my view” said Pardew after his side were beaten 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium. “Why it couldn’t have waited until tomorrow I don’t know. The result wouldn’t have been the same if he’d played in my view.” Arsenal have also reacted to their 3-1 defeat against Aston Villa on Saturday by tabling an offer for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. But the timing of the bid for Cabaye has caused particular anger at Newcastle. “I think it is just a very difficult situation when a player gets news like that and it wasn’t us who gave him the news. It is very hard to get your head around to play a game of this magnitude” Pardew said. “I am not sure of the exact terms of it [the bid] but it is below our valuation of the player for sure This is a terrific player.” Pardew compared the disruption caused to Cabaye to that created by bids for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Tottenham’s Gareth Bale. “There is a question about the window being closed before we kick off the Premier League season” Pardew said. “I know the Premier League asked the European leagues to do it and they said the European leagues wouldn’t fall in line. “After the summer we have had the situations we have had with Wayne Rooney as well it is definitely something they need to put under the microscope again.” Newcastle immediately turned down Arsenal’s offer for Cabaye and made it known they considered Arsène Wenger’s valuation to be “derisory”. In a direct conversation with Dick Law Arsenal’s contract negotiator it is understood that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley responded to the offer with the words: “Which part of him do you want to buy?”
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