Montpellier president Louis Nicollin has admitted he will advise star player Remy Cabella not to join Newcastle at the end of the season.
The Magpies already had a bid rejected for the highly rated midfielder in an attempt to sign a replacement for Yohan Cabaye in January and they are expected to reignite their interest in the summer.
And even if other interested sides have yet to make concrete moves, Montpellier chairman is adamant a switch to St James’ Park would not be a good career move for the player.
“We promised to let him leave. We will try to advise him to not leave for anywhere. Is Newcastle a good destination? Don’t make me laugh,” the controversial president explained to Radio Monte Carlo.
“In England you have to go to Arsenal, Chelsea or any of the two Manchester teams. Would I advise him against joining Newcastle? Yes definitely. Arsenal, why not.
“For my dear Yanga-Mbiwa, Newcastle was not Eldorado.”
Manchester United are reportedly also in the chase, as is Paris Saint-Germain, and despite Nicollin’s latest comments, he is likely to sell to the highest bidder.
Remy Cabella, 23, has been club’s best player this season, without a shadow of a doubt, having managed 10 goals and 5 assists in 26 Ligue 1 outings.