Yohan Cabaye plays down speculation over Newcastle exit

Midfielder insists he is happy despite talk of a move

Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has insisted he remains happy on Tyneside despite fevered speculation that his future could lie elsewhere.

The France international has been linked with a series of potential suitors after a difficult second season in English football, but is adamant that he is content where he is and that all that matters currently is the fight for Barclays Premier League survival.

Cabaye told the Chronicle: "I have three years' contract left and now my mind is just to save the club. We have two cup finals then it will be the holidays.

"But I am at Newcastle. I don't want to think about the future with two games left. I am very, very happy to play for this club and these fans."

The scrap to preserve the Magpies' top-flight status continues at relegated QPR on Sunday, when a point would be good enough to keep them up should FA Cup finalists Wigan lose at Arsenal on Tuesday.

Even then, serious questions would have to be asked during the closed-season after a campaign which Cabaye admits has been nowhere near good enough.

He said: "We all made some mistakes at the start of the season - that's why we are fighting for relegation.

"But if we learn from our mistakes, no problem. We are only human and we all make mistakes, but now is time to learn and prepare.

"We need to finish strongly and then prepare well for next season. We have to be ready to fight and play and be ready again in the Premier League, like we were last season."

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