Newcastle boss Pardew fears losing star midfielder

By on February 6, 2011 - 49 views

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has announced that he fears losing Ivory Coast star Cheik Tiote this summer.

“I am hoping there are no bids, ­otherwise we will have a problem,” Pardew told Sky Sports.

“Tiote is a very important player, very talented and someone we want to be a big part of our future.”

“When I became ­manager, they (Ashley and Llambias) made me aware that they wanted to get the club on a financial footing, which gives them a chance to build it.

“But we like to think, certainly I have that ambition, that in two or three years’ time, if we can sustain our ­status and keep getting the TV ­money invested wisely, that we can hold off that next bid which might be for Cheick in 18 months’ time or so.”

Tiote scored Newcastle’s equaliser in Saturday’s dramatic 4-4 draw with title-chasing Arsenal.

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